On July 9, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a list of transportation projects that invest in the state's transportation future. The total list includes $4.8 billion in transportation projects. While the majority of work focuses on Missouri's roads and bridges, it also incorporates other modes of transportation.
"We will change the landscape in the Kansas City Region within a decade with the almost $900 million worth of projects on this list," said Kansas City District Engineer Dan Niec. "All the projects reflect what Missourians told us they want done: taking care of the transportation system, keeping travelers safe, investing in projects that spur economic growth, creating jobs and giving Missourians better transportation choices. We've worked extensively with our transportation partners and others to make our potential transportation dollars stretch even further by leveraging with local funds."
Delivering the projects outlined in this priorities list will go a long way toward fixing roads and bridges where Missouri's system is already in bad condition. The end result of this work would affect Missourians in every region of the state and help meet the goals set forth in last year's long range transportation plan.
The 48 projects in the Kansas City Region will make improvements in all nine counties and include urban and rural road and bridge upgrades as well as significant transit investment projects, bicycle/pedestrian and freight transportation improvements. Just a few of the specific projects include:
- replacing the Route 169 Broadway Bridge over the Missouri River in Kansas City,
- adding lanes and improving bridges on I-435 from Kansas to I-49,
- adding lanes to I-70 from the Blue Ridge Cut Off to I-470 in Kansas City,
- providing a fixed funding contribution for the Kansas City Streetcar, and
- extending the Katy Trail into Kansas City.
Review the final list online.