Road construction impacting KC Northland businesses

October 08, 2019 - 5:30 am

Kansas City, MO - During evening rush hour recently, the line of cars waiting at a stoplight stretched nearly out of view near the 169 overpass on Englewood Road in the KC Northland. 

The cause of the backup? A major, $22 million dollar road project, stretching from just past 169 to the east and Waukomis Drive to the west.

Tom Malaponte, has owned Mr. T's Liquors for 32 years. He says business has never been this slow. 

"Business is off," Melaponte said. "We've still got our regulars who come in. I mean, we've still got our regulars who come in, but it's inconvenient, with traffic backed up in one lane up and down the street. It's inconvenient. They want to get in and get out."

You'll hear similar stories at nearby shops and restaurants - the project,  underway for nearly 18 months, has been bad for business.

There is some good news.

David Miller, project manager for the KCMO Capital Projects Division, said the eastern portion of the work will be complete soon.

"The east half from the school to Highway 169 should be wrapping up by the end of this month, right around Halloween," Miller said. 

The western half of the project, from Englewood Elementary west to Waukomis Drive, is slated to wrap up sometime next summer.


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