Vernon Road to Close for Bridge Construction

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bear Kistler, Project Manager; North Kansas City Road District; Sara Copeland, Public Information Officer; City of NKC; 816-412-7855

North Kansas City, Missouri – Motorists using Vernon Road/Highway 1, a well-used route into the North Kansas City Hospital campus, will encounter a detour when the road closes on June 9 for the construction of a new bridge. The new bridge will replace the existing bridge over the Hillside Levee, between 26th Avenue and Armour Road/Highway 210.

The bridge construction is one part of a larger project to construct the new 24th Avenue, which will provide a better gateway to the North Kansas City Hospital, while decreasing traffic through the adjacent residential neighborhood on 26th Avenue. The project is being undertaken by the North Kansas City Road District.

“In the end, the new 24th Avenue will provide an improved entrance to the hospital and be better for the people who live nearby. The residents on 26th Avenue will have a quieter, more peaceful neighborhood after this new road is completed,” said Mayor Don Stielow of North Kansas City, who is also a commissioner of the North Kansas City Road District.

Construction of the new bridge is expected to take 45 days. During this closure, motorists will detour via I-35 to North Antioch Road/Highway 1.

After the new bridge is completed, construction crews will construct a new 24th Avenue on the north side of the levee between Vernon Road and Clay Edwards Drive, remove the existing intersection between 26th Avenue and Clay Edwards Drive, and install a new cul-de-sac at the eastern end of 26th Avenue. The entire project should be complete by mid-November, 2014.

Kissick Construction is the prime contractor of the $2.5 million project.


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