Summary of Missouri Route 9 from 3rd Street to Admiral

Kansas City, MO

Contact Information

Organization: Kansas City, MO
Contact person: Wes Minder
Title: Innovation Engineer
Phone: 816-513-6977
E-mail: wes.minder@kcmo.org
Organization address: 414 E. 12th Street
  Kansas City, MO    64106


General Information

1. Project name: Missouri Route 9 from 3rd Street to Admiral
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Kansas City, Jackson County, MO
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: Missouri Route 9 from 3rd Street to Admiral including the I-70 interchange
4. Primary project mode: Highway/roadway 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation * Bridge * Transit )
The project will reconstruct MO 9 as it deteriorates between 3rd Street and Admiral Boulevard in downtown Kansas City. It will rebuild the corridor at grade and remove multiple bridges and retaining walls from the state system. It will reconnect the street grid by connecting Independence Ave with 5th Street. This will add multi-modal accomodations where none exist and provide better pedestrian connections to existing ATA service and the Independence MAX.
6. Project Purpose: * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management * Ecosystem Restoration )
7. Project sponsor: Wes Minder
wes.minder@kcmo.org
8165136977
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $27500000
9. Project description: This project implements a phase of the US 169/I-70 Beyond the Loop Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study Project Area E: Missouri Route 9. The PEL report and associated appendixes are available at http://www.beyondtheloopkc.com/. Route 9 serves as a major North/South connection from the Central Business District of Kansas City to North Kansas City and points further north. The trajectory of Route 9 carries the elevated highway over the Missouri River via the Heart of America Bridge and through the River Market and Columbus Park neighborhoods. Due to it being elevated, the highway acts as a definitive border between these two neighborhoods. With the construction of Highway 9, Independence Avenue, which historically ran East/West uninterrupted from the Pendleton Heights neighborhood to the River Market, is forced to deviate to make room for the ramps and connections needed for the Highway 9/North Loop connection. From the perspective of land use and value, the areas adjacent to Highway 9 have been depressed since the construction of Highway 9. Furthermore, Columbus Park is physically isolated from surrounding neighborhoods because of highway and railway infrastructure on all four sides. The intent of this project is to reduce the states asset obligations by removing multiple 30+ year old bridges, the retaining walls necessary for the elevated highway and restore the historic street grid network between the River Market, Columbus Park, and Central Business District (CBD). The project will also include a cycle track and pedestrian connections from the Heart of America Bridge to Admiral Boulevard and similar improvements along the reconnected Independence Avenue. The project will assist in freight movement by having a better connection from I-70 to the Heart of America Bridge to serve the North Kansas City and Harlem industrial areas.
10. Scope: The intent of this project is to reduce the states asset obligations by removing multiple 30+ year old bridges, the retaining walls necessary for the elevated highway and restore the historic street grid network between the River Market, Columbus Park, and Central Business District (CBD). The project will also include a cycle track and pedestrian connections from the Heart of America Bridge to Admiral Boulevard and similar improvements along the reconnected Independence Avenue. The project will assist in freight movement by having a better connection from I-70 to the Heart of America Bridge to serve the North Kansas City and Harlem industrial areas. Major work activities will be include converting MO 9 from an elevated freeway to an at-grade urban arterial with complete streets components and reconnecting Independence Avenue as a complete street between Grand and Charlotte.
11. Project schedule: Project is estimated to start sometime between 2027 and 2030 after completion of the US 169 Buck ONeil Bridge replacement project. It is anticipated that the project would be design build as all right of way to construct the project exists. Pre-design work would begin in 2025. A scoping study will be complete in 2020.

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