MARC to discuss Buck O'Neil Bridge replacement as MoDOT prepares to make repairs

March 21, 2018 - 5:55 am

The Mid-America Regional Council is hosting an open house Tuesday afternoon to show the public its options for the future of the crumbling Buck O'Neil Bridge.

The Missouri Department of Transportation begins repairs this summer, though Kansas City officials have said they would like to replace the failing, 61-year-old structure. Southbound lanes will close some time in June or July.

MARC's open house is Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30. Researchers will unveil options for the future of the north side of the downtown loop and the bridge itself. A study began in 2017 to find ways to make the new bridge fit the area and to reduce congestion on the northwest corner of the loop.

The hardest question is how to pay for a new bridge, which could cost $200 million. Repairs to the existing structure would be roughly $50 million.

Another open house will be held Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 at iWerx in North Kansas City. 

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