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Kansas City Area Infrastructure Projects Included in BUILD Transportation Grants

by Mary Rooney | Jan 08, 2019

In December, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Elaine L. Chao, announced $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The grants are made through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program and support road, rail, transit and port infrastructure projects across the country.

The criteria for the project included safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection and state of good repair. Further criteria included innovation, such as projects supporting Connected or Autonomous Vehicles infrastructure, broadband service to underserved communities, as well as projects that demonstrate partnerships between the public and private sectors and non-Federal revenue for transportation infrastructure investments.

Two projects in the Kansas City region were selected to receive funds, which will increase safety, minimize congestion, support efficient freight movement, and promote economic development. These infrastructure improvements will help heighten Kansas City’s status as a leading logistics hub.

  1. New Buck O’Neil (US 169) Crossing, Kansas City, Missouri, $25,000,000 - The project will replace the Buck O’Neil Bridge, which connects Downtown to the Northland, to help with traffic flow and increase safety.

  2. Interstate 70 and Turner Diagonal Interchange Improvements, Wyandotte County, Kansas, $13,843,600 - The project will replace the existing interchange with a more efficient diverging diamond interchange to give trucks easier access to the highway and open up additional distribution opportunities in the area.

More details provided at Transportation.gov.

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