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Planners want driver opinions on changes to Buck O'Neil Bridge, downtown loop

Bill Grady
October 12, 2017 - 6:12 am
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The Mid America Regional Council (MARC) wants to know what Kansas City drivers think about potential changes to the downtown loop. 

The nonprofit planning association that works with local governments is prepared an online survey ahead of planned work on the Buck O'Neil Bridge on the north side of the loop. One question people will be asked is whether to invest millions in repairing the 61-year-old span or build a new one.

Another option would be reconfiguring lanes along Interstate 70 through the north loop, said Ron Achepol, MARC's transportation director.

"Relocating the lanes to the north, or the south or keeping them in the middle, looking at options to potentially free up some additional land for future development in the downtown area," Achepol said.

That option would mean some of the lanes could be closed.

Any major work would be several years off. The next step would be to find the money. 

The survey offers seven options for commuters to consider.

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