Buck O'Neil Environmental Study Online Public Meeting

Welcome to our online public meeting! 

Maybe you are wondering what is this online public meeting about? The Federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires assessment of the impacts of a transportation project on the human and natural environment.  This environmental study, currently in progress, will evaluate the impacts of the proposed project (the Buck O'Neil bridge) on a number of resources including historic resources; endangered species and their habitats; community facilities; residences and businesses; and public spaces.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is leading the environmental study in partnership with MoDOT and KCMO.  In addition to the public, agencies including the US Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Aviation Administration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Native American Tribes, local governments, and many others will be engaged in the study process.

Review all the materials on this site and then take our feedback survey. Thank you for being part of the study process!! 

What is the purpose of this study and future project? 

The purpose a new or rehabilitated river crossing is to facilitate the safe movement of people and goods along US 169 while improving mobility, connectivity, and accessibility across the Missouri River.

What needs will this project fulfill?

  • Maintain infrastructure and address the physical condition of the historic Buck O’Neil Bridge.
  • Maintain a reliable regional transportation linkage across the Missouri Rive that will accommodate existing and future local and regional traffic.
  • Improve the operational and safety performance of the Missouri River crossing for all transportation modes.

In addition to addressing the transportation needs, all  options for the bridge that carry forward must support specific performance Areas identified by MoDOT and KCMO which include: 

  • Support decisions regarding the design and function of the options being considered.
  • Serve as criteria to initially screen options to be carried forward for further study.
  • Provide guidelines for selection of a preferred alternative. 
  • Guide design changes that may occur during project implementation. 
Buck O'Neil Timeline

Study Timeline

Click here to review the full study timeline and what comes next! 

Study Timeline

What are the screening criteria we use to guide this study?

Infrastructure: Provide desired bridge and roadway lifespans and minimize long-term maintenance.

Mobility: Improve travel times, reduce congestion, accommodate future travel demand and modal choice

Accessibility: Improve local and regional roadway connections, accommodate alternate travel modes, and facilitate river navigation.

Safety: Reduce traffic queues during peak travel periods, reduce crash severity, and safely accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Environment: Minimize new right-of-way acquisition, minimize effects on public spaces and historic resources, and manage environmental risks during construction.

Constructability: Accelerate construction timeline, minimize facility closures, and manage construction costs and risks

Buck O'Neil Study Area

Buck O'Neil Study Area

Click here to review the study area. 

Study Area