The Greenline: a 10-mile path around downtown Kansas City

Picture of proposed Greenline

Here’s how the completed project would fit into downtown. | Photo via greenlinekc.com

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The Greenline: a proposed 10-mile loop that would create a two-lane, protected pathway around downtown. The goal is to improve connection + transportation between neighborhoods. Here’s where the project is at right now:

Built

The Greenline would use existing infrastructure, including two segments that already function as connectors. The first is the Town of Kansas Bridge, providing access to the Riverfront Heritage Trail + Berkley Riverfront. The second is the Cliff Drive Trail, connecting northeast Columbus Park to Pendleton Heights.

Funded

The eastern portion of the loop along The Paseo has funding from a Missouri Department of Transportation grant + local and federal funding, according to KCMO. This project is in the design phase. There is no current timeline for this segment.

Study underway

Lots of attention is on the southern link, which would use private and public land north of the Kansas City Terminal Railroad to connect The Paseo to Pennway Street west of I-35. A Public Improvements Advisory Committee study will consider the 1.2 mile segment west to Wyandotte Street.

KC is also studying street redesign for W. Pennway from 17th Street to 21st Street. The project will look into narrowing the road to construct sidewalks and bicycle lanes.

Picture of current Greenline phases

Here’s the current status of the project. | Photo via greenlinekc.com

That leaves…

Three connections: The west side, Berkley to Columbus Park, and Wyandotte to Pennway. Beardsley Road serves as the target artery for the west side. However, the only link between Berkley and Columbus Park is the Industrial Trafficway viaduct, which crosses train tracks and lets out several blocks west of the Cliff Drive Trail.

In November, project leaders held a survey + open house soliciting ideas from the community. Steve McDowell with BNIMthe lead planning and design company — said participation was “much greater” than expected, and they’re currently assembling feedback. They plan to host more engagement sessions in warmer months.

Leaders are working on design strategies, public funding, and partnerships with organizations. Steve told KCtoday that post-construction management is also crucial to the trail’s success.

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