City, county and state officials broke ground on the new Buck O'Neil Bridge June 23.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson joined representatives from the city of Kansas City, Mo., the Missouri legislature, Jackson, Clay and Platte counties, Massman-Clarkson construction firm and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick.
The current Buck O’Neil Bridge (formerly the Broadway Bridge) opened in 1956 and is one of the key spans connecting the Northland with Downtown Kansas City and Jackson County. Reconstruction of a replacement bridge targets more capacity for the connector and seeks to reduce congestion where the old span now connects with I-70 and I-35.
Planning for the replacement has been a lengthy process, with communities throughout the region supporting the funding, as well as debate over the new route, especially the strategic southern connection where traffic congestion is common.
With most of the questions answered, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in February selected three area companies for the work: Overland Park-based Massman Construction Co.; Kansas City-based Clarkson Construction Co.; and HNTB Corp. The project is expected to cost $220 million and completion is planned for fall, 2024.