We’re craning our necks and minding the gap. | Photo by KCtoday
Road closures and reroutes. Colossal concrete columns. Soaring steel beams. Most of us have encountered the construction of the new Buck O’Neil Bridge first-hand, and there are a lot of feelings about it. The Missouri Department of Transportation recently announcedUS-169 will closed to southbound traffic between the downtown airport and 5th Street, creating a major detour.
With all this change, you’re probably wondering what’s actually happening on the ground (and in the air... and in the water)?
“We have two big goals,” MoDOT Deputy Director James Pflum said:
“Replace the Missouri River bridge that’s 60 years old, and get one in that will last 100 years.”
"[Create] direct connections between 169 and I-35.”
James confirmed the project is still on track to finish in December 2024. Crews broke ground in June 2021, and as we approach halfway this spring, let’s take a look at some major upcoming milestones.
🏗 What will happen with the Buck O’Neil Bridge in 2023?
“For the first half of this year, it’s going to be hanging steel,” James said.
The foundations are set in the river, and the columns are up. That means the rest of the steel girders (which were produced in KCK) need to be placed.
“This year, they’re really going to see the southbound bridge [take shape] — all the way to the Harlem Circle,” he said.
The plan is to finish the southbound bridge by the end of the year and transfer northbound traffic onto the new bridge while the northbound bridge is getting built.
With big moves come big closures. In addition to the recently announced US-169 southbound closure, James said an additional I-35 southbound closure will be announced later this year.
“We appreciate everyone driving by and seeing the work and being patient,” he said. “In two years [...] everything will be a lot better.
Relay For Life Kickoff | Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 6-8 p.m. | Chicken N Pickle, 1761 Burlington St., North Kansas City, MO | Free admission | Kickoff the 2023 Relay season with guest speakers, important event information, and door prizes.
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Chocolate Ale Celebration! | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 6-8 p.m. | Boulevard Tours & Recreation Center, 2534 Madison Ave., Kansas City, MO | $40 | Experience the world of chocolate variations + celebrate the seasonal release of the chocolate ale.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther™ in Concert | Wednesday, Jan. 25-Saturday, Jan. 28 | 7 p.m. | Kauffman Center for Performing Arts | $37-$83 | Relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger with the KC Symphony.
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The Chiefsbeat the Jaguars in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, 27-20. Kansas City will become the first team in NFL history to host five consecutive AFC Championship games — facing the Bengals at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 (a rematch from last year). 🏈
An entertainment company plans to bringshuffleboard, pool tables, and an arcade to Kansas City. Larks Entertainment hopes to open the family-friendly concept — complete with a kitchen and bar — at 11th Street and Walnut Street by the end of summer. (CityScene KC)
Thanks to you night owls, the KC Streetcar is extending its Sunday-Thursday service an hour later. Streetcars will now run until midnight on weeknights (Friday and Saturday remain 1 a.m.). The decision is the result of increased demand. 🚊
Calling local Picassos. Art Garden KC is looking for design submissions for its 2023 T-shirt. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 10. The winner will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 14. 🎨
Country music star Zach Bryan is coming to the T-Mobile Center Wednesday, Aug. 30. Bryan’s major-label debut album “American Heartbreak” entered the US Billboard 200 at No. 5. Register to get tickets to the “The Burn, Burn, Burn Tour” now through Sunday, Jan. 29. 🔥
Prepare to headbang. Illenium is coming to Azura Amphitheater Thursday, June 8. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m.
Today is one of four job fairs to fill 800 positions at the new KCI terminal. The event is from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Kansas City Aviation Department — 601 Brasilia Ave., KCMO. The positions are retail, food, and beverage jobs offering up to $20 per hour and benefits like dental. (Kansas City Star)
Last week we told you about a new Southwest connection from KC to Long Beach — but we need to clear the air. The connection will go from our brand new terminal to Long Beach, California. Happy travels.
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Editor’s pick: Restaurant week may be over, but you can still dig into some incredible local eateries. One of my favorite pieces by my co-editor Bella is this list of oldest operating restaurants in Kansas City. Take a bite.
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