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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2007

Truman Road streetscape construction to begin later this month

The Capital Improvements Management Office in late June will begin streetscape improvements along the downtown Truman Road corridor. Construction will affect both East and West Truman Road, and the Interstate 670 overpass bridges from Baltimore Avenue to McGee Street.

Construction will progress one bridge at a time and will require lane restrictions on affected streets. The Missouri Department of Transportation will coordinate periodic evening closures of I-670. Construction is scheduled to be complete by early October in anticipation of the grand opening of the Sprint Center arena.

This project will adhere to the City's established Downtown Streetscape Master Plan, and is designed to develop the Truman Road corridor into an inviting pedestrian conduit between the Crossroads District and downtown. Improvements will include intersection modifications, additional crosswalk safety features, decorative streetlights, new curbs and expanded Truman Road sidewalks. The project's design firm, HNTB Architects, also has incorporated an extensive landscaping scheme, which will include 90 trees and a line of evergreen shrubs planted along the I-670 south retaining wall.

The City improvement project is just one portion of the existing overhaul of the Truman Road corridor. The City, MoDot, the Downtown Council and Kansas City Power & Light are financing this $3.7 million restoration.

MoDot is completing structural rehabilitation and resurfacing work to the I-670 bridges from Baltimore Avenue to McGee Street. In addition to the City and MoDot municipal infrastructure improvements, a series of innovative bridge guardrails will be installed this fall. Local artist Jim Woodfill, in partnership with el dorado inc., will design the guardrails. This public art project was born out of a public/private partnership established between the City, MoDot, the Downtown Council, the Crossroads Community Association, and the Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation. This project was designed to create a unique addition to downtown's existing landscape, and to further make the bridges an appealing and interactive passageway. Installation is scheduled to begin upon completion of the City's improvement project. For driver and pedestrian safety, the City will install temporary chain link fencing on the Truman Road bridges until the art installation is complete.

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 current 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.

    
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