Kansas City moves to reconnect neighborhoods severed by U.S. 71 for pedestrians - KMBC

Headlines are quick hits from media outlets from Missouri and around the world. Follow the headline link for the full story. The source of this headline says:

The project predominately aims to make it easier and safer for pedestrians to access areas split by the highway.

Kansas City, Missouri, leaders are working on a new project to reconnect communities separated by its roadways.

The idea is to find a way to make it easier for pedestrians and communities on the city's east side to access areas split by U.S. Highway 71. . . .

The city also wants to do something similar on the west side of town for areas divided by I-35. . . .

“No longer will we have a place where pedestrians, even at the stoplights at 55th Street, 59th Street and Gregory, have to find ways to try to cross as quickly as possible,” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said.

MoBikeFed comment: Hwy 71 was a divisions project at the time, because it destroyed and divided neighborhoods and made previously compact, walkable neighborhoods utterly unwalkable - and all that in order to make it easier for those in the furthest long suburbs to get downtown a little bit quicker.

Opponents won a major courtroom victory that was designed to make the new road integrate better with adjoining neighborhoods, but MoDOT insisted on making the highway as freeway like as possible, meaning that the attempts to integrate the road with the neighborhood almost made the situation worse.

So it's good now to see some real effort going forward to reconnect those neighborhoods that were disconnected and damaged all those decades ago.

Join MoBikeFed's Advocacy Network

MoBikeFed is a statewide group of people like you, working together for better bicycling, walking, and trails in Missouri. When you join our advocacy network you receive occasional important advocacy alerts and bicycle, pedestrian, and trails news from around Missouri.

Working together we make a real difference! Join our advocacy network: