City leaders to break ground on GO KC project in South KC; New sidewalks will improve pedestrian experience
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 14, 2018
City leaders on Friday will highlight the final chapter of a three-phase roadway improvement project in South KC when they break ground on the 135th Street Improvements GO KC project.
This project includes upgrades to 135th Street from Highway 150 to Wornall Road. Sixth District Councilmembers Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus will join other City leaders in front of Eagles Gymnastics at 209 W. 135th Street at 10:30 a.m. for the groundbreaking.
In April 2017, Kansas City voters approved $800 million in bonds to fund a capital improvements program for streets, sidewalks, flood control and other infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. The third phase of the 135th Street improvements is among the first-year GO KC projects approved by City Council in June.
This stretch of 135th Street has no sidewalks but that’s about to change — much to the delight of pedestrians who walk this route. Crews will construct a sidewalk on the south side of the road and an 8 feet wide multi-use trail on the north side. Roadway improvements include new pavement and widening, new curbs and waterline and storm drainage improvements.
The previous phases of the project included upgraded 135th Street from Holmes Road to Wornall Road. The second phase of 135th Street improvements received a Cornerstone Award from the Economic Development Corporation.
“Targeted infrastructure improvements like this improve streets, sidewalks, and trails but also spur significant investments from the private sector and small businesses which help generate more tax revenue for basic City services for all neighborhoods,” Councilman Taylor said.
The City has a website dedicated to citywide GO KC improvements. For media inquiries, contact the Public Works Public Information Officer, Beth Breitenstein, at 816-513-2612.