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After Kansas City Voters Earmark $800 Million For Infrastructure, Spending Plan Emerges

Elle Moxley
KCUR 89.3
The list City Manager Troy Schulte sent to the mayor and city council includes sidewalk repair projects in all six council districts.

City Manager Troy Schulte has sent a letter to the mayor and city council outlining how to spend the first $40 million in general obligation bonds Kansas City voters approved last month.

“We want to get the shovel-ready projects rolling, and we have to tackle the backlog of spot sidewalk repairs,” Schulte said in a statement. “I know council members are also anxious to get going, so this gives them a chance to review the list and provide us with the feedback we need to finalize the plan.”

Here’s what the city manager has proposed:

Question 1 – roads, bridges and sidewalks

  • $6 million for sidewalk spot repairs in all six council districts
  • $3.6 million to reconstruct streets, sidewalks and stormwater in the southwest quadrant of Beacon Hill
  • $3.5 million for the Paseo Gateway project, with federal funding coming available in fiscal year 2019
  • $3.4 million to reconstruct Wornall Road from 85th to 89th streets
  • $2,250,000 for community infrastructure in the Marlborough neighborhood
  • $1.7 million to complete the design and right-of-way acquisition for Maple Woods Parkway
  • $1.2 million for realignment of 22nd and 23rd streets from Brooklyn to Benton, with additional funding coming from Public Improvements Advisory Committee funds
  • $600,000 for the reconstruction of the Paseo Bridge over Brush Creek
  • $300,000 to convert Central Street downtown from one-way to two-way
  • $75,000 to study landslides along Beardsley Road

Question 2 – flood control

  • $1.1 million for right-of-way acquisition for industrial flood control at Swope Park

Question 3 –  public buildings and facilities

  • $7 million for a new animal shelter at Elmwood and Gregory to open late next year, with another $7 million needed in fiscal year 2018
  • $4 million for the reconstruction of the interior of Corinthian Hall at the Kansas City Museum
  • $1.5 million to construct more than 300 sidewalk curb ramps in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • $1.1 million for renovations to make Starlight Theatre ADA-accessible
  • $750,000 to make the elevators at City Hall fully ADA-compliant
  • $750,000 to repair the Spirit of Freedom Fountain at Cleaver and Benton Boulevards
  • $750,000 to repair the Delbert Haff Fountain on East Meyer Boulevard

Voters approved the $800 million comprehensive capital improvements program April 4.
Elle Moxley covers Missouri schools and politics for KCUR. You can reach her on Twitter @ellemoxley.

Elle Moxley covered education for KCUR.
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