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Progress is coming to Kansas City’s roads and trails thanks to more than $3 million in grants. The Missouri Department of Transportation Regional Bridge Program (MODOT) and the Central American Regional Council (MARC) awarded the five grants. The Kansas City Public Works Department received three while KC Water received two.

Byram’s Ford Road Bridge over Grove Creek project received funding of $1,237,500 to repair the bridge. In September 2014, the bridge was closed to the public and spans the third and fifth wards. The bridge closure created dangerous transportation issues for residents in bad weather. The public works project will require 20% funding of $412,500.

Raytown Road above Lumpkins Fork received funding of $1,767,326 to repair the bridge. This bridge connects Kansas City to Lee’s Summit and is an important north-south connector. Repairing this bridge is vital to the response time of emergency services in the area. Public works funding avoids creating a potentially dangerous detour around the Truman Sports Complex. The project is located in the sixth arrondissement of the city.

Raytown Road on Lumpkins Fork

The Southwest Boulevard Transportation Study received funding of $135,000. The study will focus on Southwest Boulevard, from Broadway to 31st Street, with the goal of making this culturally significant area more livable and functional for multiple modes of transportation. The Mattie Rhodes Center and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be partners in this study. This public works project is located in the fourth arrondissement.

Southwest Blvd.

A Connectivity Study between Platte and Clay County Trail has received $100,500 in funding for a KC Water Trail Project. The goal is to find ways to connect existing trail networks between the two counties and provide residents with safer ways to navigate the area on foot and by bike.

paved path

A comprehensive street and connectivity study for the Vine Street Corridor has received funding of $135,000. This study by KC Water aims to find solutions for the Vine Street corridor between 18th and 31st streets. The study will assess a narrowing of the corridor to allow for improved and widened pedestrian walkways as well as streetscape improvements.

Corridor of the rue des vignes

“Since becoming mayor, I have been proud to fight locally and nationally to increase funding for our aging roads, bridges, sidewalks and pathways and to help launch projects that will transform our city,” said the Mayor Quinton Lucas. “The Kansas City East Side Bridge Repair Funding we are announcing today will help us address decades-long deferred maintenance projects and improve safety and connectivity in our community – one of the many awards we have received from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. . Whether it’s fixing a bridge or reinventing Highway 71 to bring our community together and no longer divide it, wait You will see more vital projects as we continue to deliver for the citizens of Kansas.”

Mayor Lucas is co-chair of Accelerator for America, a municipal organization that helps cities nationwide implement federal infrastructure funding to transform communities, and previously served as chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the Conference of United States mayors.

The Division of Public Works Engineering applied for 35 grants in the summer of 2022 to benefit the citizens of Kansas through infrastructure funding.

“Public Works works diligently towards our mission to maintain the City’s infrastructure while being mindful of our fiduciary duty to be stewards of taxpayers’ funds. Byram’s Ford Bridge has been closed since 2014 and was awarded $1.2 million for its replacement in 2023. The Raytown Road Bridge over Lumpkins Fork was fully funded by the City Council through the GO Bond in 2022. However, with awarding the grant funds, Public Works will be able to return $1.77 million to the GO Bond program for use elsewhere in the city,” said City Engineer Nicolas Bosonetto.

With projects spanning five districts, the Kansas City City Council is excited about the upcoming infrastructure improvements in its districts.

“Congratulations to the Department of Public Works and thank you to MoDOT and MARC for providing grants to help complete needed infrastructure work in the city, and the 6th Ward in particular. The bridge over Lumpkins Fork was in desperate need of of repairs and its condition was of concern to many Sixth District residents.These funds will help address that immediate need and will also free up funds for additional infrastructure needs,” said 6th District Councilman Andrea Bough.

“This is great news. A much needed improvement and a vital link to the neighborhood. We appreciate that the Public Works Department has found the resources to reopen the bridge. With the bridge closed for nearly a decade, this funding will help residents to travel safely,” said 5th District Councilman Ryana-Parks Shaw.

“Local ratepayers alone cannot afford the financial investment needed to repair and build critical infrastructure,” said 3rd District City Council member Melissa Robinson. “We are pleased to receive critical federal resources to reopen the Byram Ford Highway Bridge and ensure adequate pedestrian connectivity along Vine Street to the 31st Street Corridor. The residents have been extremely patient and deserve these infrastructure improvements,” continued Council Member Robinson.

“This Sustainable Places Planning Grant will be important in exploring multi-modal transportation in this culturally significant area. I thought the Southwest Boulevard Corridor was the perfect place for this funding and type of study and grateful that Council Central America Regional also sees potential in this area,” said 4th District Councilman Eric Bunch. “It has been a priority for me to connect our Northland trail network so that all residents can have safe routes throughout the community,” said 1st District Councilwoman Heather Hall.

“We are grateful to our partners at MODOT and MARC for these critical investments in our city’s infrastructure,” said City Manager Brian Platt. “This will help us build on the exponential increases in funding we’ve achieved over the past 2 years, with 600 miles of streets in our city resurfaced, all of the city’s streetlights replaced, and more than a billion dollars worth of water and sewer line replacements underway.”

“I hope the study will be a tool to unite and encourage residents, business owners and community stakeholders to be more active and celebrate our neighborhood as one of Kansas City’s top destinations for Mexican cuisine. authentic, Boulevard Beer, Roasterie Coffee, eclectic restaurants. , parties and neighborhood parties and Hispanic culture through the arts. The Mattie Rhodes Center has been a part of the community for over 100 years and looks forward to participating in this highly inclusive effort to create greater connection between neighborhood features,” said Mattie Rhodes President and CEO. Center, John Fierro.

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