FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2017
Whether patching potholes, clearing streets during a winter storm, or constructing a streetcar line through the heart of downtown, Public Works keep Kansas City moving. The City’s Public Works Department is kicking off National Public Works Week on Monday with an expo at Union Station.
The City will highlight the latest technologies used by industry professionals and give a behind the scenes look at the equipment that helps build our City’s infrastructure.
The Public Works Expo will include interactive displays and demos, a truck-a-palooza, games, food trucks and a muralist who will paint one of the City’s snow plows live. The mayor, city manager and president of the American Public Works Association will be on hand to honor the department.
“What we do on a daily basis often flies under the radar,” says Public Works Director Sherri McIntyre. “Our staff provides, maintains and improves structures that assure a higher quality of life for our community and we take that responsibility very seriously.”
Public Works maintains the City’s 6,500 lane miles of roads, 560 bridges, 95,000 streetlights, 850 traffic signals and more. Last year, the City kept moving forward with new construction, completing more than 70 capital projects citywide. A few highlights included new bike and pedestrian access in the Crossroads Arts District, new sidewalks for two Northland schools and key connections to support economic development in Martin City.
Take a ride on the KC Streetcar to the Public Works Expo May 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the east plaza parking lot of Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd.
For more information please contact Beth Breitenstein at 816-513-2612.