FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 30, 2016
Kansas City is celebrating some grand improvements to a bridge downtown. The Grand Boulevard Bridge over I-670 is reopening on Friday right after Kansas City and MODOT representatives praise a collaboration that turned a project that typically takes three years into a nine-month success.
The ribbon will be cut at the north side of the bridge on Dec. 2. The bridge reopens to traffic immediately following the 10 a.m. event.
The Grand Boulevard Bridge was closed last spring after a MODOT inspection revealed structural issues. MODOT allocated $3.5 million to replace the bridge and Kansas City provided $1.1 million to make it easier and safer for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians to cross. Those upgrades include:
- Bike lanes
- Decorative railing on bike-lane protective barrier
- 12-foot sidewalks and curb ramps
- Glass and acrylic panels for “pedestrian strands” art installation and sound blocking
- Vertical illuminated art elements
- LED Lighting
- Seating element
- Decorative fencing
- Parking for the ribbon cutting will be available on Truman Road North.
For more information, contact Beth Breitenstein at 816-513-2612.