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Gateway to downtown to get monumental makeover

Efforts to beautify a major northern corridor into downtown Kansas City, Mo., will be highlighted at a July 1 news conference hosted by Mayor Kay Barnes. The news conference will be at 9 a.m. in Hangar 3 of the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

Barnes will provide details of several projects designed to enhance the Broadway entrance to downtown and the Northland. The projects will improve the aesthetics of the 3.5-mile stretch from the Briarcliff development just north of the river to the Kansas City Convention Center Complex.

The largest component of the plan is the construction of two “gateway foyers” – monumental columns designed to create a sense of arrival and tie the roadway into the art deco architecture prevalent in many downtown structures – including the Power & Light Building and the structural towers at Bartle Hall. Construction of the monuments will begin later this summer.

Other elements of the makeover include painting and lighting of the Broadway Bridge and landscaping improvements on the east side of Broadway, and at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

The project is a coordinated effort by the City of Kansas City, Mo., the Downtown Council, the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Kansas City Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The project is one of more than 150 on the City’s Capital Improvements Management Office’s priority project list. For more information about the Capital Improvements Management Office, visit the office’s Web page (

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