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Legislation #: 951418 Introduction Date: 10/12/1995
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 10/19/1995
Sponsor: None
Title: To express Kansas City's vigorous support for the replacement of the Chouteau Bridge over the Missouri River.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
10/13/1995

Referred City Operations Committee

10/12/1995

Referred City Operations Committee

10/18/1995

Immediate Adoption

10/19/1995

Adopted


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RESOLUTION NO. 951418

 

To express Kansas City's vigorous support for the replacement of the Chouteau Bridge over the Missouri River.

 

WHEREAS, the existing Chouteau Bridge is a narrow, unsafe, two-lane, 108 year old structure that is obsolete by current transportation standards, is posted with a 7-ton load limitation, and is expected to be closed to traffic in three years or less; and

 

WHEREAS, the bridge is a vital link in the metropolitan area's transportation network, and the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department has proposed in their 15-year plan to build eight additional traffic lanes across the Missouri River at Paseo (I-35), but have now agreed that it is more advisable to building only four new lanes at Paseo and build the other four lanes at Chouteau; and

 

WHEREAS, traffic studies have confirmed that a four-lane facility is needed at Chouteau to accommodate present and projected traffic demands and to relieve congestion on adjacent river crossings; and

 

WHEREAS, Kansas City has spent nearly $3.0 million completing the design of a new Chouteau Bridge which has an estimated construction cost of $34.0 million; and

 

WHEREAS, the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department has submitted an application for "innovative financing" funding to the Federal Highway Administration, requesting $92 million for the Chouteau Bridge and two other major river crossings in Missouri; and

 

WHEREAS, the innovative financing program is an initiative of the Clinton Administration in conjunction with the reinvention of government; and

 

WHEREAS, the more local governments involved in an innovative financing venture, the better its chances for approval; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section A. That the City of Kansas City strongly encourage the Federal Highway Administration to approve the "innovative funding" request made by the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission.

 

Section B. That the Mayor and Council hereby express their interest to become a partner in the innovative financing venture by contributing not more than $10 million toward the construction of a new Chouteau Bridge.

 

Section C. That the City strongly encourge the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department build and assume maintenance responsibilities for the new bridge.

 

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