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Overview

Exploring the future of the Broadway/O'Neil Bridge
and North Loop

The Broadway Bridge, recently renamed the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge, is a triple arch bridge over the Missouri River on U.S. Highway 169 that provides a key north/south regional connection. It directly interacts with the North Loop, the portion of Interstate 70 between The Paseo and the Kaw River on the north side of Kansas City’s downtown, a key east/west connection.

As the Broadway/O’Neil Bridge approaches the end of its projected lifespan, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Department of Transportation and MARC have collaborated to begin Beyond the Loop, a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study to examine possibilities to improve the relationship between our transportation infrastructure and the communities it serves.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established the PEL process to provide a more efficient process of evaluating a full range of transportation concepts and identifying preferred improvements. This project will begin by asking stakeholders — residents, neighborhood groups, governments and transportation officials — to envision the future of the bridge and North Loop of Kansas City.

The study will assess ideas suggested by the community and identify several feasible options for the future of the bridge and corridor. It will stop short of identifying a single preferred solution. While the study’s primary purpose is to identify long-term options, it will also recommend some short- and medium-term opportunities for improvements to safety and connectivity.

What is the PEL process?

The Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) process was established by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide a more efficient process of evaluating a full range of transportation concepts and identifying preferred improvements. This process allows early, planning-level decisions to be carried forward to accelerate future National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) activities.

For study questions, contact:
Martin Rivarola
Assistant Director of Transportation and Land Use
816-701-8257

What are the benefits of the PEL process?

In addition to informing and expediting the NEPA process,the PEL process provides an opportunity for early coordination with the public as well as local, state and federal agencies in a transparent and collaborative environment. By working together, alternatives and avoidance measures can be developed at a local level.

How long will the PEL process take?

Beyond the Loop launched in the fall of 2016 and is expected to conclude in the spring of 2018.

A report will be prepared to document the PEL process and recommended solutions.

How can the public get involved?

Any proposed solution to the region’s transportation needs must address issues and concerns from many stakeholders. The PEL process includes continuous physical and online outreach to engage the community throughout the study.

Read the news release