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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2012

Northwest 96th Street to close July 9 for improvements

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department advises motorists that Northwest 96th Street west of North Oak Trafficway will close beginning Monday, July 9.

Motorists may use Northwest 95th Terrace to access local businesses and residences until early September 2012 when improvements to Northwest 96th Street are anticipated to be complete.

The improvements are part of the US 169 interchange construction project and will widen Northwest 96th Street to a four-lane parkway with bike lanes, curbs, sidewalks and streetlights. Its intersection at North Oak Trafficway will also be upgraded to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

The construction project will also build “free flow interchanges.” These innovative, green interchanges have roundabouts at the ramp ends rather than traffic signals. This enables intersections to handle traffic at higher levels of service, thereby reducing excessive traffic signal wait time and reducing congestion, economic loss and reduced air quality.

This $24 million construction project is a joint partnership between Kansas City and the Missouri Department of Transportation. Construction was funded with an $18.3 million federal grant and $5.7 million local funding contribution by the City of Kansas City, Mo. MoDOT is administering the project’s construction.

A project website with maps of the proposed improvements can be located at: http://www.modot.org/kansascity/major_projects/169_online_meeting.htm.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Wes Minder, manager of capital projects, at 816-513-9461.

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