FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 2, 2016
A national organization recently named the Crossroads one of the “Great Neighborhoods in America,” and now city leaders will celebrate a construction project that reinforces that title. Work on the 20th Street Streetscape project in the Crossroads Art District is ending, so on Friday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m., it’s time to party!
The Crossroads Community Association, in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, will gather at 20th & Baltimore to install a plaque awarded to the District by the American Planning Association (APA). Most recently, the 20th Street project was awarded the Mid-America Regional Council’s ‘Sustainable Communities’ award for incorporating earth-friendly methods.
The City Manager, members of the City Council, neighborhood leaders and others will host the party and talk about this nearly $3.8 million project that enhances facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The 20th Street Streetscape Project has already transformed 20th Street between Grand Avenue and Southwest Boulevard. Once the entire project is complete, it will include:
- Widened sidewalks along the north side of the street
- Crosswalks and new ADA ramps
- Buffered bike lanes and bike boxes
- Clearly marked parking lanes and a new traffic signal at Grand Boulevard that improves vehicular movement along the corridor
- An innovative storm water management system that also added new green space
- Upgrades to aging infrastructure that included the replacement of 100-year old water mains coupled with the addition of LED streetlights
- Community-driven recommendations through the Greater Downtown Area Plan (GDAP)
The project was paid for by the City and the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Commission, which allocated funding through the 22nd and Main TIF plan. Several City departments were involved, including Public Works, Water Services, Parks and Recreation and City Planning and Development. Musselman & Hall led the design-build team.
For more information, contact Beth Breitenstein, public information officer for Public Works, at 816-945-2560.