KANSAS CITY - As soon as the snow melted this spring, MoDOT began tackling one of the biggest, most disruptive initiatives in our District's history by tearing up and repairing, replacing or redecking 18 bridges in the Downtown area. Already heavily congested with traffic, it was absolutely necessary to cut in half the available lanes to do $40 million worth of work in 40 weeks and finish in one season. Traffic backups were inevitable because transportation options in and out of the Downtown Loop aren't sufficient to make up for the loss of lanes.
Early Monday, MoDOT and its partners cite the imminent conclusion of the Downtown Bridges projects and look toward the next 20 years. MoDOT will be joined by advocates for options vital to ensure a healthy transportation system well into the future, which can include street cars, regional rapid rail, bus transit, bicycle and pedestrian accommodation and other options to improve transportation efficiency.
WHAT: News Conference on Transportation's Future
WHEN: 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9
WHERE: Penn Valley Park near Kansas City Scout overlooking I-35
WHO: MoDOT District Engineer Dan Niec, Kansas City Assistant City Manager Sherri McIntyre, Missouri Bicycle Federation Director Brent Hugh, Robbie Makinen of Jackson County, Johnson County Transit Deputy Director Chuck Ferguson, Mid-America Regional Council Director of Transportation Mell Henderson.
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