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Mass excavation on Sprint Center site expected to end in November

Minimal impact on traffic flow is expected as a result of the mass excavation work on the Sprint Center site that is beginning this week.

The work is estimated to take about 10 weeks to complete and will be performed by George J. Shaw Construction Co., a subcontractor to M.A. Mortenson, the construction manager/general contractor at risk for the Sprint Center project. The excavation will be done in two shifts; one from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and the other from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Initial foundation work, which is expected to begin in the next several weeks, includes drill rigs that will create deep shafts that will be filled with concrete. In October, a significant number of bid openings will occur for work on the Sprint Center site.

As construction continues on the new downtown entertainment district and the Sprint Center, motorists should be aware that while many streets remain open, there are fewer traffic lanes available, and additional time and consideration should be given to downtown travel routes. For example, the intersection of 13th and Baltimore closed this week so utility work could be completed for the entertainment district.

To see a map of street closures in the vicinity of the Sprint Center site and the downtown entertainment district site, visit the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Capital Improvements Management Office’s Web page (

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