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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2006

Downtown street changes ahead

Grand Boulevard to re-open; portion of Oak Street to close for bridge rehabilitation

Kansas City drivers will encounter numerous changes to their downtown travel routes over the next few weeks; a number of street re-openings and closures are scheduled to take place after the July 4th holiday.

RE-OPENINGS

    On Thursday, July 6, Grand Boulevard will re-open to two-way traffic before the evening rush hour. Grand Boulevard had previously been closed from West Truman Road to 13th Street. Later this summer, Grand Boulevard will support a designated, protected pedestrian walk on the west side of the street.

    On Friday, July 7, the 1300 block of Main Street and 14th Street from Baltimore Avenue to Main Street will open to two-way traffic. Thirteenth Street from Main Street to Walnut Street, and 13th Street from Grand Boulevard to Oak Street will open to westbound one-way traffic. Thirteenth Street from Walnut Street to Grand Boulevard will open to two-way traffic. These openings will help alleviate congestion created by the influx of new commuters working in the H&R Block world headquarters building located at 13th and Main streets.

    On Wednesday, July 12, the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Main Street will open to two-way traffic.

CLOSURES

    On Friday, July 7, at 9 p.m., Oak Street from East Truman Road to 14th Terrace, Locust Street from West Truman Road to 14th Terrace, and 14th Terrace from Oak Street to Locust Street will close to accommodate the removal and replacement of the Oak Street, Locust Street and Truman Road bridges that span Interstate 670. These bridge reconstruction projects will be overseen by the Missouri Department of Transportation and are scheduled to last until fall 2007.

During these closures, drivers are encouraged to use two-way Grand Boulevard, northbound Holmes Road or southbound Charlotte Street to cross over I-670 during construction. As these bridges are reconstructed, periodic night and weekend closures of I-670 will be necessary. MoDot is making every attempt to coordinate these closures to coincide with those needed for the Kansas City Convention Center expansion project to lessen the inconvenience to drivers.

Several Power & Light Entertainment District streets will remain closed while utility and street work is completed. Those streets include West Truman Road from Main Street to Oak Street, 14th Street from Main Street to Grand Avenue, the south half of the 1300 block of Walnut Street, and the entire 1400 block of Walnut Street. These streets are scheduled to re-open by September.

All street construction and repair work is weather permitting. A map highlighting these street changes is available at www.kcmo.org/cimo.nsf/web/dtconst.

Citizens and visitors of Kansas City should be aware that areas adjacent to active construction sites may expose drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to dangerous conditions. Individuals are urged to stay alert and aware of hazardous conditions while traveling through these construction areas. Construction site conditions can change rapidly and previously clear areas may become hazardous by the ongoing movement of construction equipment or materials. While in effect, posted restrictions regarding site, street and lane closures must be followed at all times and should not be disregarded by the public.

For more information about these re-openings and closures, call Marny Burke, communications specialist in the Capital Improvements Management Office, (816) 513-2749.

    
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