Kansas City projects included in promises from Missouri tax hike

07/09/2014 3:53 PM

07/09/2014 8:19 PM

Missouri officials have approved a list of more than 800 projects — including scores in the Kansas City area — that would be funded if voters approve a sales tax increase for transportation on the August ballot.

The list endorsed Wednesday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission totals $4.8 billion over a decade for roads, bridges and other modes of transportation.

The total pledged for the Kansas City area is $775.7 million, with the largest chunk of that set aside for streetcar expansion. The region may get other money from the state, and many of the projects are contingent on local matching funds.

Local governments also would get a share of the proposed 3/4-cent sales tax for their own transportation projects.

The state list includes 330 new or improved bridges and 3,255 miles of resurfacing on roads.

The biggest project is the reconstruction and widening of 200 miles of Interstate 70 between the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.

And the list also includes improvements for 71 sidewalks, 24 airports, 14 railroads and seven river ports around the state.

It includes $144 million for Kansas City’s proposed streetcar extensions and the Prospect Avenue MAX bus, contingent on local funding approval. It also includes $65 million for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

Among the Kansas City area projects that would receive money from the proposed tax hike are:

Adding lanes and improving bridges on Interstate 435 to Interstate 49 — $81.1 million.

Replacing the Broadway Bridge — $73.8 million.

Improving the Interstate 70/U.S. 169 interchange to connect to the new Broadway Bridge — $68.3 million.

Adding lanes to I-70 from Blue Ridge Cutoff to Interstate 470 — $75.1 million.

Improvements to the Interstate 29/Interstate 35 interchange — $50.4 million.

Improving the Interstate 470/U.S. 50 interchange in Lee’s Summit — $45 million.

Improving the I-70/I-435 interchange — $41.75 million.

Adding a lane to Missouri 13 from I-70 to north of Warrensburg — $35.1 million.

Bikeway improvements in the Kansas City area — $35 million.

Improving the Missouri 291 South/U.S. 50 interchange in Lee’s Summit — $5.8 million.

Resurfacing and adding shoulders to Missouri 10 from Clay County to Missouri 210 — $4.7 million.

Expanding Kansas City SCOUT traffic management — $3 million.

The Star’s Lynn Horsley contributed to this report.


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