KC Metro city leaders discuss replacing, funding a new Buck O'Neil Bridge

The old Broadway Bridge is 61 years old

Bill Grady
November 13, 2017 - 5:50 am

KMBC Channel 9 News


Maintenance issues associated with Kansas City's 61-year-old Buck O'Neil Bridge continue to pit municipalities against each other for federal transportation dollars, as local officials meet Monday to discuss solutions.

Area mayors and representatives from the Mid-America Regional Council will discuss ways to pay for a new bridge along Broadway. Kansas City officials want $40-million from federal coffers administered by MARC, a plan that would leave very little federal transportation funding for other cities over the next two years.

The plan could be a hard sell, said Scott Wagner, Kansas City mayor pro tem.

"For some communities, including Kansas City, this is a pot of money we all go to to help us pay for infrastructure, but it is a competitive process, and so there is no guarantee that anybody gets money," Wagner said. 

A new bridge would cost an estimated $200-million. If Kansas City can find half of that, the Missouri Department of Transportation is offering to match the remaining $100-million. The city and the state have agreed to $6-million for short term repairs. The work is expected to start no later than the summer of 2018.

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