US 69 Bridges over the Missouri River
The Fairfax and Platte Purchase Bridges are due for replacement. Thanks to everyone who took the time to email, call, or attend a public meeting, the current plan includes a multi-use trail on the new bridge!
What: New bridge to replace the Fairfax and Platte Purchas Bridges (US Hwy 69) over the Missouri River.
Where: Between Riverside, MO in Platte County and the Fairfix industrial distirct in Kansas City, KS/Wyandotte County.
How: A four lane bridge with a shared-use path for walking and bicycling.
Who: The Missouri and Kansas Departments of Transportation are splitting the cost, with MoDOT acting as the lead agency.
When: Construction starts fall 2014, and the new bridge opens October, 2016.
The two bridges carrying US 69 over the Missouri River between Riverside and KCK are at the end of the useful lives. The Fairfax Bridge has traditionally been a route for cyclists to cross the Missouri River between Platte and Wyandotte Counties, at least until the City of Riverside removed safe access in early 2009. There is currently no safe way for pedestrians to cross the river between the two counties.
The new bridge will connec with the existing trail on the north side of the river. KCK officials are working to open access to the south riverfront for a trail on the Kansas side of the river.
We are declaring this a tentative advocacy win, pending the final design. The ease of including a bike/ped path on this bridge is outcome of the past decade of advocacy in the Kansas City region, culminating in the Paseo Bridge struggle and the ultimate retrofitting of bike/ped facilities on the Chouteau and Heart of America Bridges.
BikeWalkKC continues to monitor this project to ensure that the bike/ped path is designed and built to be high quality facilitiy that improves safety and connectivity.
The Federal Highway Administration has given final approval to the bridge plan. MoDOT is preparing to put the project out to bid in January-February of 2014, and select the design-bulid contractor by July 2014. The new bridge is scheduled to open October 1s, 2016.
Final public meetings for input on the selected alternative.
The Environmental Assessment completed. Selective alternative is a new four lane bridge with a shared-use path for walking and bicycling.
First public meetings for the Environmental Assessment process.
Environmental Assessment process will evaluate several alternatives for both bridges. MoDOT’s has include bicycle and pedestrian access in the scope of this process.