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Work starting on Kansas City’s downtown entertainment district

Today, the first step in the development of Kansas City’s new downtown entertainment district will commence with the excavation of trolley tracks located beneath Walnut Street from 12th Street to Truman Road. As a result, Walnut Street will be closed from 12th Street to Truman Road for approximately two months. Intersections along the route also will be closed during construction. The closures will be as follows:

    The intersection at 12th and Walnut streets will be closed starting today

    The intersection at 13th and Walnut streets will be closed starting June 25

    Once work is complete at these two intersections, they will be reopened to traffic and the intersections at 14th and Walnut streets, and Truman Road and Walnut Street will be closed.

The City will be excavating and removing trolley tracks located below the street’s surface, which will involve the demolition and removal of trolley tracks, foundations, and old street pavers. The removal of the tracks will allow for Southwestern Bell Corporation to construct required utility lines along the route. SBC work will be performed concurrently with the trolley track removal.

The City’s Capital Improvements Management Office is managing the City’s environmental, demolition, and infrastructure improvement efforts to support the new downtown entertainment district and is assisting with the coordination between other City agencies and the developers of the district. CIMO assisted in expediting the trolley track removal to maintain the schedule for the development of the H&R Block World Headquarters and the entertainment district.

The new downtown entertainment district encompasses the seven blocks between Baltimore Street and Grand Avenue from Interstate 670 to 13th Street, including the block where the old Jones Store building is located. This development will be mixed-use and will include retail space, restaurants, office buildings, entertainment venues, and parking garages. Eventually, residential space will be included.

For a map of these street closures, visit CIMO’s Web page (

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