About the Bridge
The Buck O'Neil Bridge is a triple arch bridge that spans the Missouri River in Downtown Kansas City. It was built in 1956 as the Broadway Bridge. It was built at a cost of $12 million. It was a toll bridge until 1991.
It provides access from downtown Kansas City to the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport and Riverside, Missouri. U.S. Route 169, which the bridge carries across the river, carries more than 40,000 cars a day.
Named for a Kansas City Legend
On June 24, 2016 the bridge was officially renamed from the Broadway Bridge to the Buck O'Neil Bridge named after the Kansas City Monarchs player and manager John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil.
A first baseman and manager with the Kansas City Monarchs, he later became the first African American coach in Major League Baseball. In his later years he helped renew widespread interest in the Negro leagues, and played a major role in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a regular attendee at many a Kansas City Royals games and was much loved by fans throughout the city.