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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Visits Kansas City, Tours Manchester Project

It’s not unusual for dignitaries and high profile people to stop by MoDOT’s Kansas City District office and the surrounding metro area. And that was the case Monday, Sept. 28 when Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx stopped in Kansas City.foxx

Foxx along with Kansas City Mayor Sly James, KCMO Councilman Jermaine Reed, other city officials and leaders of the KCATA loaded up on a metro bus to tour the city.

Their very first stop was the Manchester Bridge Project near the Truman Complex. Transportation Project Manager Susan Barry led the group around the construction site and discussed with them the importance of the new bridges and what phase of the project workers were undertaking. Foxx asked a few questions and took time to take photographs with the workers.


After the tour, the contingent of dignitaries hopped back on the bus and toured several major corridors of Kansas City. Their final stop was 27th & Prospect where Foxx announced a grant will be awarded toward helping pay for city street improvements. During the announcement Foxx talked about how he grew up in a city very similar to Kansas City. He said Kansas City was doing all the right things and was impressed with its forward thinking. He also took time to praise the Manchester Bridge Project and how important it is to Kansas City.

MoDOT is replacing the I-70 bridges over Manchester Trafficway, the Blue River and the adjacent rail yard. The $63 million project is expected to be completed by December 2015. Click here to learn more.

MoDOT Honors Kansas City Icon Len Dawson

Arrowhead stadium was abuzz recently, but it wasn’t because the home town team was grinding out another victory on the field. This excitement was all about honoring Kansas City icon Len Dawson.len

On Friday, Sept. 26, MoDOT helped dedicate a bridge in honor of the Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback and SuperBowl winner.

Representatives from the Chiefs’ front office, Missouri Senator Paul LeVota and Missouri Highways and Transportation Commissioner Stephen Miller took part in the ceremony. One by one, each speaker praised Dawson for his work both on and off the field.

The voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus may have said it best. “MoDOT, you got it right. He (Dawson) has been a figurative bridge for Kansas City and this honor is well deserved,” Holthus said.

Dawson was a little more modest about the honor. “I’m excited, I’m also humbled to be the recipient of the Kansas City and the Kansas City Chiefs in this special, special way, Dawson said. len

The bridge on East Stadium Drive which crosses over Interstate 35 in Jackson County bares Len Dawson’s name and rightfully so.

The National Football League legend made Kansas City his home after he joined the Chiefs in 1963. He played for the team until he retired in 1975. Since then, Dawson has been known for his broadcast work as a sports director at a local news station, and also for his charity work for organizations that help needy children.

The bridge dedication all came about thanks to Senator LeVota who introduced a bill which is part of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s highway designation program. The program honors individuals, events, places or organizations on Missouri’s state highway system.

See all the photos of this event on MoDOT Kansas City's Flickr site.

MoDOT’s Partnership with KCI Airport Soars

MoDOT’s Kansas City District Office continues to reach for new heights in transportation thanks to a soaring partnership with KCI Airport.

Efforts to grow that partnership recently included a meet and greet along with a tour of KCI’s facilities and grounds. Team members from MoDOT and KCI gathered with the hopes of getting a better understanding of what each agency is facing. The meeting started with an open dialogue that immediately focused onkci  Amendment 7 and its failure to pass. The failure impacted both agencies, especially when it comes to future projects. One of the biggest projects to address was improvements or the replacement of the Broadway Bridge.

District Engineer Dan Niec said updating the Broadway Bridge was the number one priority of MoDOT. He said the bridge is one of the top three in the state of Missouri that needs to be replaced.

The discussion then transitioned into what projects can be done now. KCI’s Manager Jade Liska said the aging KCI airport needs to change because the world around us has changed. Liska was referring to the post 9/11 era in which security and safety are a primary focus. Liska also mentioned cosmetic improvements to KCI with which MoDOT could possibly help.kci

After the meeting wrapped up, Liska took members of MoDOT on a tour of the facilities.

Just like MoDOT, KCI has a fleet of snow plows for clearing its runways when the snow starts to fall. KCI also has a storage facility for salt and other mixtures for snow. From there the tour traveled onto one of the closed runways and a look at the expanded section of KCI where the private sector has built facilities. Perhaps the coolest part of the tour was the tower.

Inside, there’s a panoramic view of the area in which you could see for miles upon miles. And deep below the tower is a group of workers known as the moles, who operate the radar system where they work in nearly complete darkness.


The recent tour of KCI is all part of an effort to get to know area transportation partners. In August, staff members also met with the leaders of the KCATA and toured their facilities.

See more photos from this visit on MoDOT Kansas City's Flickr site.


For more info

Melissa Black
Customer Relations Manager,
Missouri Department of Transportation
P: (816) 607-2027
F: (816) 365-0860

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