On April 8th, KC Parks leaders, city officials and Northeast KC stakeholders celebrated the commencement of The Paseo Gateway Intersection project with a groundbreaking.
The Paseo Boulevard & Independence Avenue intersection serves as a major gateway from the north via I-29 into the City’s boulevard system. The Cliff Drive Bridge and intersection were originally constructed in 1953 and 70 years later, neither can support the growth of our community. The intersection has a high rate of accidents and creates an intimidating experience for pedestrians and drivers alike, plus it is not a very welcoming entry into Kansas City.
The city has developed a solution to ease congestion and improve safety. The reconstructed intersection will become a welcoming gateway to KC’s boulevard system, the Historic Northeast, and Downtown Kansas City. It will also reduce accidents; provide a safer and improved experience for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists; improve public transit access; and reduce stormwater runoff to the combined sewer system.
The Paseo Gateway Intersection project is funded with $5 million in federal surface transportation program dollars and, thanks to voters, $6.3million in GO Bond funds. It is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2023.
Members of the Project Team include:
MoDOT administered the federal grant and has been working closely with the city to ensure that the project follows all federal funding guidelines. Melissa Schmitz is the design liaison and James Bentley provides construction oversight for MoDOT.
McClure Engineering is the design professional that has provided the engineering solutions for this project. Jay Burress is the project manager, and Kait Finley is the project engineer.
Amino Brothers is the construction contractor and a DBE-MBE. They have performed roadway construction work throughout Missouri and Kansas for 70+ years. Mary Sullivan (CEO), Denise Janes (President), Al Seeman (Vice President) , and Vic Seeman (Treasurer) .
Taliaferro & Browne is providing construction management services for thw project. Taliaferro & Browne is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary, and minority-owned professional service firm. Mike Looney is the construction project manager and JD Ellis is the construction inspector.
From KC Parks Planning Division: Project Manager James Wang, and Construction Manager William Warren. joined our team on Monday. Welcome!
City Departments who have worked in partnership with KC Parks on this (and many other) projects:
Michael Shaw, Director Public Works
Jeff Williams, Director of City Planning
Wes Minder, Director of Water Services
Kerrie Tyndall, Assistant City Manager
Asst. City Manager Kerrie Tyndall was part of the grant application team for the Choice Neighborhoods grant.