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Council members celebrate NW 72nd Street completion

City of Kansas City, Mo., elected officials and staff celebrated one of the City’s most recent successes Friday, Oct. 12 morning as they dedicated the new Northwest 72nd Street/Northwest Waukomis Drive interchange.

The extensive roadway project extends Northwest 72nd Street from North Polk Avenue to Northwest Waukomis Drive, reconnecting Northwest Waukomis Drive from Northwest Bryan Avenue to Northwest 72nd Street. In addition, North Green Hills Road has been reconstructed as a secondary arterial from Northwest Platte Brook Drive to Northwest 72nd Street.

Councilman Russ Johnson praised the work as the culmination of years of effort from City Hall and dedicated Northland leaders.

“When I was first appointed to PIAC in 2003,” Councilman Johnson said, “I went to a Northland Chamber PIAC Priorities meeting and at that meeting extending 72nd Street to Waukomis was discussed. I remember someone saying that because of the terrain, it would never be built.”

“It’s good to be here and see the impossible made possible,” Johnson added.

The project was completed seven months ahead of schedule and under budget.

“72nd Street says volumes about the ability of this team to complete a difficult project in an innovative manner,” Councilman Ed Ford said. “It’s good to be able to celebrate the City’s successes, and this project is a prime example of all involved in this project.”

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Sean Demory, public information officer for the Public Works Department, at 816-513-0059.


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