Summary of North Missouri Riverfront Buck O’Neil and Chouteau Bridge Trail Connections

Kansas City, MO

Contact Information

Organization: Kansas City, MO
Contact person: Wes Minder
Phone: 816-513-6977
Organization address: 414 E. 12th Street
  Kansas City, MO    64106

General Information

Project title: North Missouri Riverfront Buck O’Neil and Chouteau Bridge Trail Connections
Project description: Kansas City, Platte County, North Kansas City, and others have been working independently and in partnership to build a connected multi-modal bikeway trail system north of the Missouri River as shown on the attached map. The intent or purpose and need for this project is to evaluate how to connect this bikeway trail system to the new US 169 Buck O’Neil Bridge and the existing Chouteau Bridge so that someone could use the new US 169 bridge and bicycle commute to the Antioch Mall area or access an opened up northern riverfront area in the Harlem area of Kansas City. The primary users of this project would be recreational and non-motorized commuters. This project would connect major employment centers in the central business district of Kansas City with Cerner which is one of the Kansas City region’s largest employers and North Kansas City Hospital. The biggest benefit of this project would be bicycling commuter users as it would provide a direct connection to downtown from southern Clay County without interference from highways or traffic signals. This project once implemented would remove a gap and create a truly connected multi-modal transportation network that would connect Crown Center to a large portion of southern Clay County.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Project
Project Contact: Wes Minder
Project Location: Determine connections from new US 169 Buck O’Neil Bridge to MetroGreen bikeway trail system along north Missouri Riverfront and how to connect to existing facilities on the Chouteau Bridge in Clay Co
Project Scope: Phase 1: Data collection Tasks: Meet with MoDOT, Kansas City, North Kansas City, Levee District, US Army Corps of Engineers. Gather as-built data, signal data, and available survey Initial public engagement effort with project announcement and online survey Deliverable: PDF of all available data, summary of all meeting minutes Phase 2: Conceptual layouts Tasks: Layout options along river and connections to bridges. Meet with MoDOT, Kansas City, North Kansas City, Levee District, and Corps to discuss feasibility of options. Develop riverfront open space concept plans. Deliverable: PDF of layouts and notes of critical issues and planning level estimates Phase 3: Determine preferred solutions. Meet with MoDOT, Kansas City, North Kansas City, Levee District, Corps to discuss preferred layout. Public meeting of preferred solution Deliverable: PDF of preferred solution and summary of meeting minutes Phase 4: Finalize report Final technical and citizen engagement. Deliverable: Final report in PDF format

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: 100  (Thousands of $)
Federal amount 80  (Thousands of $)
Minimum Funding amount 50  (Thousands of $)
Match amount: 20  (Thousands of $)
Source of Local Match: Public improvement sales tax

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Submitted comments

Kyle Frakes said...

This project has merit. There currently lacks any good east to west bicycle routes in the northland connecting from 169 to the Chouteau bridge. Crossing under I-35 in NKC is treacherous at best. A safe multi-modal east-west route would be very beneficial to connect existing infrastructure.

6/26/2018 7:24:24 PM

James Rice said...

This is a logical study. The lack of connection between these two crossings is a glaring gap in our bicycle network.

6/27/2018 6:08:09 AM

Arnold Nguyen said...

Trail connections (or better ones) in these two locations are needed. Harlem residents will need to depend on US 169. Cerner NKC Campus and an east-west route is needed on the north end of the Chouteau Bridge.

6/27/2018 6:08:53 PM

Maggie Holt said...

This is sorely needed. The Northland is a part of the Greater KC area, but it can feel cut off by the river. Creating more points of connection for more diverse modes of transportation is the direction we need to go in.

6/28/2018 2:45:34 PM

Kevin Carlyle said...

The downtown airport continues to be important to the region. Harlem next to it is the definition of blight. Economic growth comes from connectivity. This project could open up long neglected areas like Harlem for new development. This is a smart project to fund.

7/1/2018 8:40:41 PM


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