Kansas City District announces appointment of new district engineer, Brian Kidwell | @MoDOT

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MoDOT announced the appointment of Brian Kidwell as the Kansas City District's new district engineer. Kidwell has served as the assistant district engineer of program delivery for the KC District since 2011. The KC District covers a nine-county region including Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Platte, Ray and Saline counties. This includes a total population of 1,285,863, and 3,083 miles of state highways to maintain.

"I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead MoDOT's Kansas City District team," Kidwell said. "My goal is to build and develop relationships inside and outside MoDOT to ensure a collaborative, sincere and personal approach in delivering a safe and effective transportation system for our deserving community."

Before his role as the assistant district engineer, Kidwell served as project director for MoDOT's $245 million Interstate 29/35 design-build "kcICON" project featuring the award-winning Christopher S. Bond Missouri River Bridge. The kcICON project was selected as the country's top road project of 2010 by Roads and Bridges, a national transportation-industry magazine.

Kidwell has been with the department for more than 26 years managing highway projects in the Kansas City region. "Having spent 26 years with MoDOT in a variety of roles, and as a proud Missouri native, my respect runs deep for our hardworking MoDOT employees. Many of our employees make significant sacrifices as they serve the public, our community leaders and other stakeholders," he said.

Kidwell earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

MoBikeFed comment: This should be a positive development for the Kansas City region, as the previous KC-area District Engineer was well known for rebuffing and downplaying the need for accommodating Missourians who walk and bicycle.

Mr. Kidwell was project manager for the quarter-billion dollar Christopher S. Bond Bridge, carrying I-29 and I-35 across the Missouri River near downtown Kansas City. That project made some very important accommodations for people who walk and bicycle in that area, and Mr. Kidwell is known as a leader who listens and works with all citizen groups and stakeholders to find transportation solutions that meet the needs of all users.

Congratulations to Mr. Kidwell and hoping the best for positive developments for walking and bicycling in the Kansas City Region.