FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2007
Construction on 12th Street to start May 7
Construction will start May 7 on the City of Kansas City, Mo., 12th Street streetscape improvement project. The Capital Improvements Management Office is managing this $3 million project, which will affect 12th Street from Wyandotte Street to Locust Street.
Construction will start on the north side of 12th Street at Baltimore Street. Work will be complete on the north side of the street by the beginning of August, and then will shift to the south side, starting again at 12th Street and Baltimore Street. All construction for this project is scheduled to be complete in conjunction with the opening of the Sprint Center arena in early October. Additional work by Kansas City Power & Light, Missouri Gas Energy and Trigen Energy Corporation will be completed simultaneously to lessen inconvenience to area residents and businesses.
During construction, 12th Street will be reduced to two lanes and pedestrian access and on-street parking will be interrupted. Building access will be maintained at all times during project construction. The recommended detour to bypass this construction is to use eastbound 10th Street.
This improvement project will serve as a prototype for future downtown streetscape projects and will implement the City's Downtown Streetscape Master Plan. Improvements will include landscaping, curb and sidewalk replacement, and the addition of streetlights and pedestrian lights. This project is designed to enhance the pedestrian environment and promote usage of the bus transit system implemented by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. The improved 12th Street corridor also will connect the existing convention facility district with the new Power & Light Entertainment District.
Construction activity will be done as long as the weather is favorable for such outdoor activity. Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are reminded to use caution in areas adjacent to active construction sites. Conditions in these areas can change rapidly, which may expose people to unexpected dangerous situations. A map highlighting street conditions is available at www.kcmo.org/cimo.nsf/web/dtconst.
Media inquiries and other requests for more information about this issue should be directed to Marny Burke, Capital Improvements Management Office communication specialist, (816) 513-2749.