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Legislation #: 170807 Introduction Date: 10/5/2017
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS WAGNER, BARNES JR., FOWLER, HALL, JAMES, JR., JUSTUS, LOAR, LUCAS, MCMANUS, REED, SHIELDS AND TAYLOR
Title: Expressing the Mayor and City Council’s support for the City applying for a 2017 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER 2017) Grant and a 2017-2018 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA 2017-2018) Grant for the replacement of the U.S. 169 “Buck” O'Neil Bridge.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
10/5/2017 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/5/2017 Referred to Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
10/12/2017 Immediate Adoption
10/12/2017 Passed

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RESOLUTION NO. 170807

 

 

Expressing the Mayor and City Council’s support for the City applying for a 2017 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER 2017) Grant and a 2017-2018 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA 2017-2018) Grant for the replacement of the U.S. 169 “Buck” O'Neil Bridge.

 

WHEREAS, on April 20, 2017, the City Council passed Resolution 170265 directing the City Manager to engage with regional partners to develop and recommend a regional funding strategy to build a new U.S. 169 Missouri River Bridge; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 170265 stated the reasons for the Resolution, including:

 

  • The U.S. 169 “Buck” O'Neil Bridge was constructed in the mid 1950's.
  • The Bridge is in such condition that a substantial rehabilitation is immediately required.
  • The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has proposed approximately $49 million in state fiscal year 2019 to rehabilitate the bridge which is expected to extend the life of the bridge approximately 35 years.
  • The proposed rehabilitation will require an estimated two-year closure of the bridge crossing.
  • A closure of the bridge crossing will have substantial impacts to the City of Kansas City and the regional economy.
  • A closure of the bridge will cause immediate short-term damages to the operations of the Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) including tenants such as VML, Inc, the Airline History Museum, Children's Mercy Hospital Lifeflight, and Midwest Transplant Network.
  • In 2012, MODOT conducted an economic study of Missouri Airports and during the study, MKC was identified to have a total payroll of $29,373,000 and total economic output of $83,733,000.
  • A closure of the bridge will have substantial long term damage to MKC including possible issues retaining the Airport's 24/7 Air Traffic Control.
  • In 2016, Children’s Mercy Hospital completed 1140 flight operations at MKC and response delays across the bridge will have detrimental impact to life safety.
  • In 2016, Midwest Transplant Network completed 709 flight operations at MKC and closure of the south access would require the transplant centers to factor in an additional 30 minutes after landing to perform organ transplants which they consider a critical delay.
  • The FAA has invested over $70 million in the past decade to MKC and may find the City in default of the agreement if ARFF coverage is compromised and aircraft operations are restricted due to the extended bridge closure.
  • MKC operations and economic job centers along I-29 and the Briarcliff area impact residents both north and south of the river and other municipalities.
  • A rehabilitation of the existing Bridge would not improve non-motorized travel across the River, reduce the existing traffic bottlenecks, improve access to MKC, its operations, or its tenants such as the Airline History Museum.
  • A rehabilitation would not improve the safety of the corridor with its tight turns and MoDOT’s maintenance obligations to repair/replace guardrail and impact attenuators.
  • A rehabilitation will not prevent future corrosion of the Bridge and the proposed rehabilitation may not extend the life of the Bridge for thirty-five years and might require another rehabilitation in ten or twenty years with similar economic and life safety issues.
  • A new U.S. 169 Missouri River Bridge could be built to current standards and construction methods not requiring substantial maintenance until 2070.

WHEREAS, the conceptual budget for the replacement bridge and ancillary structures is currently estimated at $200 million; and

 

WHEREAS, at least $100 million of new or supplemental federal, regional or local capital funding will be required as part of the overall funding for the replacement bridge; and

 

WHEREAS, it is anticipated that multiple funding sources will be required to meet the budget for the replacement bridge and many such sources are being investigated and pursued; and

 

WHEREAS, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act authorizes the INFRA program at $4.5 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2016 through 2020, including $850 million for FY 2017 and $900 million for FY 2018, to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on a competitive basis to projects of national or regional significance and USDOT is soliciting applications for up to $1.56 billion in FY 2017–2018 INFRA funds; and

 

WHEREAS, The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 appropriated $500 million to be awarded by USDOT on a competitive basis to projects of national or regional significance and USDOT is soliciting applications for TIGER funds; NOW, THEREFORE:

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the Mayor and Council support the City applying for a 2017 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER 2017) Grant and a 2017-2018 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA 2017-2018) Grant for the replacement of the U.S. 169 “Buck” O'Neil Bridge.