Environmental Study Progress
MoDOT hosted the first public meeting and online meeting for the environmental study. Thanks to the more than 200 customers who shared comments and responded to the online survey. Click here to see some of the highlights of the survey feedback.
We are accepting comments in the online meeting for this environmental study. Review the information here: https://www.modot.org/buck-oneil-environmental-study-online-public-meeting and leave your comments here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BUCKONEIL
Comments are open through March 7.
You are invited to attend a public information meeting on Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 concerning the current U.S. 169 The Missouri Department of Transportation has rescheduled its public information meeting regarding the Buck O’Neil Bridge Environmental Study. The meeting will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Mid-America Regional Council offices, located at 600 Broadway Blvd, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105.
A potential new river crossing to replace the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge has entered the next phase. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the City of Kansas City, Missouri are working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to undertake an environmental study, which is required prior to rehabilitating or replacing the existing bridge. The study is being conducted by Burns & McDonnell in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Read more here: https://www.modot.org/node/6555
Crews will make the following traffic changes as part of an effort to build a new Buck O'Neil Bridge. Closures will begin at 12 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 until 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. These closures will have a significant impact to traffic. Please find alternate routes.
Southbound I-35 Closures
- Ramp from westbound I-70 to southbound I-35
- Ramp from 5th St./Independence Ave. to southbound I-35
- Ramp from eastbound I-70 to southbound I-35
- Ramp from southbound I-35 to 12th St.
- Ramp from southbound I-35 to eastbound I-670
Northbound I-35 Closures
- Northbound I-35 closure at I-670 Interchange
- Ramp from westbound I-670 to northbound I-35
- Ramp from 12th St. to northbound I-35
- Ramp from northbound I-35 to Buck O’Neil Bridge (169 Highway)
- Southbound I-35/westbound I-70 closure at southbound 71 Highway (NE corner)
- Ramp from northbound 71 Highway to southbound I-35/westbound I-70
- Loop ramp from Independence Ave. to southbound I-35/westbound I-70
- Ramp from southbound Route 9 to southbound I-35/westbound I-70
- Ramp from southbound I-35/westbound I-70 to westbound Independence Ave
Crews have performed so far 6 geo-technical borings in the Missouri River. Fifty feet of rock core was obtained below the water surface. All work is being performed from a barge and is in close coordination with the US Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers and officials with the downtown airport.
The John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge (formerly the Broadway Bridge), is a triple arch bridge carrying U.S. 169 over the Missouri River serving as a key regional connection between downtown Kansas City and communities north of the river.
While safe, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected lifespan. Opened in 1956, the bridge recently celebrated its 60th year of operation. Since that time, the neighborhoods and communities on both sides of the bridge have changed significantly and now nearly 50,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.
The Buck O’Neil Bridge recently underwent a short-term rehabilitation to extend its service life. More significant repairs would need to be made or a new bridge would need to be constructed to provide a crossing that would support continued use well into the future.
To facilitate the evaluation of an improved river crossing, MoDOT is conducting an environmental study. The study is being conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and is required before major improvements to the crossing can be made. The environmental study will focus on the U.S. 169 corridor from Missouri Route 9 (MO 9) to I-35, identified as a segment of independent utility in the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study completed in 2018 by the Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City, Missouri, and MoDOT. The Buck O’Neil Bridge is part of that corridor
The current environmental study will build on the data collected during the recently completed PEL study to further evaluate options to improve the crossing of U.S. 169 over the Missouri River in Kansas City.
As part of the new study, potential impacts to historic structures, including the existing Buck O’Neil Bridge and other resources in the study area, will be evaluated in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and as applicable Section 4(f) of the DOT Act. The evaluation of impacts to public parks, open spaces, cultural assets, and people and businesses in and around the area will also be conducted.
The study, which is scheduled to conclude in late 2019, will evaluate and document the potential impacts to both the surrounding infrastructure and community and will require significant public input in the coming months. Formal public meetings will begin in early 2019.
A link to the project press release is HERE.
- Future Study Milestones
- Agency Scoping Meeting
- Public Information Meeting, scheduled 2/12/19. Review online meeting materials.
- Draft Environmental Document
- Public Hearing
- Environmental Decision