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Body found after fire at homeless encampment under I-70

Transportation officials say a stretch of Interstate 70 westbound into Kansas City will likely be closed until Monday morning

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A stretch of Interstate 70 westbound into Kansas City that closed after a fire under a bridge killed a homeless person will likely be closed until Monday, state transportation officials said.

The fire was reported around 6 a.m. Thursday under an I-70 bridge over Truman Road.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said in a statement Friday that workers hope to have the outer lanes of the westbound interstate opened by Monday morning, weather permitting.

Most of the damage from the fire occurred under the center lane, which will remain closed even after the right and left lanes are open, the department said.

Drivers should exit I-70 westbound at the Interstate 435 interchange to get around the closure.

“With the Chiefs playoff game Sunday night, fans should plan for the westbound I-70 lanes to be closed,” said MoDOT District Engineer Chris Redline. “More information will be provided Sunday on the timing of the opening of two lanes as soon as we know.”

A fire at homeless encampments under the Beardsley Road Bridge in Kansas City in 2015 cost $400,000 to repair. A second fire at the same bridge in 2018 cost $2 million to repair.

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