Beyond the Loop - Exploring the Future of the Buck O'Neil Bridge and the I-70 North Loop

APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, October 25, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

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The John Jordan Buck O'Neil Memorial Bridge is a bridge over the Missouri River on U.S. Highway 169 that provides a key north/south regional connection. It directly interacts with the I-70 North Loop on the north side of Kansas City's downtown, a key east/west connection. As the bridge approaches the end of its projected lifespan, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Department of Transportation, MARC and others collaborated to conduct Beyond the Loop, a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study to examine possibilities to improve the relationship between our transportation infrastructure and the communities it serves. This project began by asking stakeholders to envision the future of the bridge and the north Loop. The study evaluated ideas and identified several improvement options. This study identified a regional consensus towards a replacement O'Neil bridge structure and introduced various innovative potential reconfigurations for the I-70 North Loop. This session will present the outcomes of this study. Session will include a moderated panel of representatives from MARC, City of Kansas City, MoDOT and consultant team which conducted the study. They will jointly talk about areas of agreement and disagreement, and future next steps.


Mike DeBaker

Confirmed Speaker

Director, Transportation Global Practice

Susan Barry

Confirmed Speaker

Assistant District Engineer for MODOT.

Wes Minder

Confirmed Speaker

Wes Minder is the Innovation Engineer in the Office of the City Manager for the City of Kansas City Missouri. Read More

Martin Rivarola, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Martin is the Assistant Director of Transportation and Land Use with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Kansas City metropolitan area. In that role, Martin works in policy development, long range transportation and regional land use planning initiatives. Martin also served as ... Read More

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