News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2012
City breaks ground for new US 169 interchanges on March 12
New interchanges at NW 96th and NW 108th streets replace temporary signals
The City of Kansas City, Mo., invites residents to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new US Highway 169 interchanges, which will be located at Northwest 96th Street and Northwest 108th Street, on Monday, March 12 at 10 a.m. at Northland Cathedral, 101 NW 99th St.
"The 169 Interchanges project is happening due to dedicated City staff who were committed to seeing this project through to completion,” said Councilman Russ Johnson. “The results will improve access and safety, serving as a catalyst for economic development."
This project will replace the temporary traffic signals on Northwest 96th and Northwest 108th streets with new interchanges and upgrade both streets to parkway standards on each side of US 169.
“This project represents cooperation at its best; from the Northland Chamber’s continued advocacy, the Mid-America Regional Council’s process, Kansas City’s commitment of matching funds and MoDot making it happen,” said Councilman Ed Ford. “I am grateful to all of the business and political leaders that have helped make this possible.”
Northwest 96th Street will become Tiffany Springs Parkway, connecting the west side of US 169 to the existing traffic signal at Northwest 96th Street and North Oak Trafficway. As the area develops, Tiffany Springs Parkway will extend toward I-29, providing residents with another east-west connection. Because this interchange is not at the location of the existing stoplight, residents can use 95th Terrace to exit the highway during construction. The interchange is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.
Northwest 108th Street will become Shoal Creek Parkway and will widen to a four-lane parkway between North Holly Street and North Oak Trafficway. During some stages of construction, the intersection of US 169 and Northwest 108th Street will temporarily close during overnight hours. This closure will occur after the Northwest 96th Street interchange has been completed, so motorists will be able to access US 169 instead via Northwest 96th Street.
This project is funded by an $18.3 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The City provided $7.7 million as a local match for the grant. The Missouri Department of Transportation is managing the design and construction of the project.
Those who attend the groundbreaking are asked to park in the south parking lot.
Refreshments provided by Northland Cathedral and Burns & McDonnell will be served inside the church immediately following the groundbreaking.
For more information or media inquiries, please contact, Wes Minder, City of Kansas City, Mo., at 816-215-0937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.