Summary of Bike/Pedestrian Bridge Crossing the Kansas River Near K-7

Unified Government

Contact Information

Organization: Unified Government
Contact person: Michael Farley
Title: Planner
Phone: 913-573-5764
Organization address: 701 N 7th St Trfwy
  Kansas City, KS    66101

General Information

1. Project name: Bike/Pedestrian Bridge Crossing the Kansas River Near K-7
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: Kansas River, near K-7
4. Primary project mode: Active Transportation 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Bridge )
The bridge will connect pedestrian/cyclists trails and paths that are currently separated by the Kansas River in western Wyandotte County and northern Johnson County.
6. Project Purpose: * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement )
7. Project sponsor: Michael Farley
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $16400000
9. Project description: There are very few bridges crossing the Kansas River that can safely accommodate pedestrian or bicycle traffic. This project will identify an appropriate location for an exclusive pedestrian and cyclists bridge crossing the Kansas River, near the K-7 highway. The bridge would represent a safe alternative for non-vehicular transportation and serve as a connector for sidewalks, bike trails, and walking paths on both sides of the river. The bridge would preferably connect to or cross K-32 in some manner, both because of K-32’s route parallel with the Kansas River and because of efforts in the K-32 Corridor Master Plan to incorporate bicycle/pedestrian accommodations. Additionally, MARC’s MetroGreen plan recommends the development of a multiuse trail along K-7. There have been initial discussions between the City of Bonner Springs and KDOT about installing a portion of the trail on K-7 over K-32 that could connect to the City’s parks.
10. Scope: Walking and biking would be the only travel modes served. The bridge would have 2-4 lanes to accommodate two directions of traffic, as well as give plenty of room for both pedestrians and cyclists. Depending on the design of the bridge the ability for cars to access it, anti-vehicular pillars would be placed at all entrances to prevent vehicles from entering the bridge.
11. Project schedule: 2019-2020: Potential sites for the bridge are identified; locations are vetted and presented to the public for input; a final location is selected 2021: Bridge construction begins 2022: Bridge construction is completed; pedestrian/bike bridge connects trails on both sides of the Kansas River

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