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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 9, 2010

Red Bridge Road improvement project breaks ground

City of Kansas City, Mo., City Councilmembers, City staff and community representatives kicked off the first phase of the Red Bridge Road improvement project with a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 9 at 9 a.m.

The two-year construction project will improve Red Bridge Road between Holmes Road and Blue River Road, adding curbs, sidewalks and other amenities to the south Kansas City arterial road. In addition, the project will replace the current bridge over the Blue River with a new structure more suited to the traffic needs of the area.

“I am very excited about this project, which will provide a safer bridge and roadway for the thousands of residents in south Kansas City who drive this route every day,” said Councilman John Sharp, 6th District.

The groundbreaking event celebrated the work done by City staff and community representatives to launch the project. The volunteer Red Bridge Aesthetics Committee met for a period of six months to ensure that the planned improvements would suit the needs and overall vision of the area.

“We are glad to see this project moving forward. The community has really come together to bring their vision to a reality on this project,” said Councilwoman Cathy Jolly, 6th District at large. “Based on community input, the new bridge will be an icon for this area, incorporating the historical significance of the Santa Fe Trail, as well as providing ‘lookout nooks’ that will offer views of the swales that have been in the area since 1821,” Jolly said.

Construction is scheduled to run through October 2011. The City’s Capital Improvements Management Office is overseeing the project for the Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments. More detailed information on construction throughout this project can be found at www.futureredbridge.com as it becomes available.

Media inquiries and other requests for more information about this project should be directed to Sean Demory, Capital Improvements Management Office, Public Relations and Communications, (816) 513-0059, or e-mail kansascityworks@kcmo.org.

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