© 2024 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Design Of Kansas City's New Buck O'Neil Bridge Disappoints

A rendering of the proposed design of the Buck O'Neil Bridge.
Missouri Department of Transportation - Kansas City
This design of the Buck O'Neil Bridge is sure to improve traffic, but isn't what residents were hoping for in honoring Buck O'Neil.

Critics are saying the replacement John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge design does not do justice to its namesake.

The utilitarian look that left some disappointed was influenced by budget as well as Federal Aviation Administration and Coast Guard requirements not in place when the original structure was built. Listeners offered ideas for reusing the original bridge which will remain standing.

Stay Connected
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.
As Up To Date’s senior producer, I construct daily conversations that give our listeners context to the issues of our time. I strive to provide a platform that holds those in power accountable, while also spotlighting the voices of Kansas City’s creatives and visionaries that may otherwise go unheard. Email me at zach@kcur.org.
KCUR serves the Kansas City region with breaking news and award-winning podcasts.
Your donation helps keep nonprofit journalism free and available for everyone.