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Construction begins for Rock Island Bridge entertainment district

Leaders are targeting a spring 2024 opening.

Rendering of Rock Island Bridge entracne

This new entertainment district seeks to literally connect KC communities.

Rendering by Gould Evans via Michael Zeller.

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Work is beginning on the upcoming Rock Island Bridge entertainment district — located near the Hy-Vee Arena.

Michael Zeller, CEO of the development team Flying Truss LLC, told KCtoday that LG Barcus construction crews are mobilizing on Monday, March 6.

The project claims to be “America’s first trailhead and entertainment district over a river.” Developers plan to convert the abandoned railroad bridge into a spot for local food + drink options, entertainment, and even a zipline over the water.

Michael said an official groundbreaking ceremony will happen in April. The date has not been announced.

Leaders are targeting a spring 2024 opening.

Photo of the Rock Island Bridge and Kansas River

“With the right view, it’s a great place to have a beer.”

Photo + quote via Michael Zeller


Connection: Leaders hope to bridge divided communities — using this project to spur up to 17 miles of trails in KCK.

Water sports: Developers hope to encourage more water sports like rowing, kayaking, and canoeing.

Development: The Yards II, a four-story, 224-unit apartment complex, is already planned to the north.

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