FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 13, 2017
Paint will hit the pavement this week, offering bike access to the heart of vibrant downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Construction of the Grand Boulevard portion of the Downtown Bike Loop is starting Wednesday night near 5th Street in the River Market.
The City Council recently voted unanimously to allocate $600,000 in local funds to move the project forward, citing cumbersome requirements related to using the federal money secured for the construction and the resulting high bid prices and major delays as reasons for the action.
Nevertheless, city leaders are working with the Mid-America Regional Council and City Council to re-direct the federal funds that are associated with the Downtown Bike Loop.
Since some work requires a clear roadway, crews will work during overnight hours. Work will generally start at 8 p.m. and end before 5 a.m. Sunday through Friday. The Grand Boulevard bike lanes will take at least three weeks to complete, and crews will work around any major downtown events.
Construction of the remainder of the Downtown Bike Loop will continue in spring 2018, once pavement temperatures are warm enough. When all is said and done, residents and visitors will see bike facilities on portions of Grand Boulevard, 3rd Street, 4th Street, 20th Street, West Pennway Street, Beardsley Road, Forrester Viaduct, 9th Street, Mulberry Avenue and Southwest Boulevard.
18th Street, a vital connector to the lively 18th and Vine district, will also see bike lanes next spring, after planned water main replacement work over the winter.
Keep up with the latest on this and other bike projects by visiting the BikeKC web page.
For more information please contact Beth Breitenstein at 816-513-2612.