Jayna Spornitz has wondered about the road construction taking place on Northwest 72nd Street in the area of Plaza Middle School.
“It was an extremely narrow street and would become very congested at dismissal time at the school with bus traffic and parent-student pickups,” the Kansas City resident said. “It has needed to be widened for some time.”
But Spornitz recalled that the road was supposed to open in time for school, but didn’t.
“This street is a very main route for Northlanders to get to I-29,” she said. “Having it closed for any amount of time is a real inconvenience to say the least.”
Kansas City’s website had said the contractor was to have two lanes open by the start of school in mid August but noted that the timeline was tight and dependent on utility work.
On Thursday, the city announced that 72nd would open on Monday.
The project, which began last spring, includes a three-lane street with curbs, a sidewalk on the south side, streetlights and room for bicycles. The road also was leveled to improve safety and convenience, the city said.
A posting on the middle school’s website said a gravel surface would allow access to the school until the pavement was in place.
The Watchdog says widening is good, unless it’s the hips.
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