APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, July 19, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CDT

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Beyond the Loop was a Planning and Environmental Linkages study to explore the future of the Buck O’Neil Bridge and the Interstate 70 North Loop with the objective to identify reasonable strategies to improve multimodal connectivity, safe travel, and traffic flow on the US-169 corridor and improve connections to and around downtown Kansas City.

The Buck O’Neil Bridge is nearing the end of its projected lifespan, directly impacting downtown Kansas City. The City of Kansas City, MARC, and MoDOT are working together to examine the relationship between transportation infrastructure and the communities they serve through the Beyond the Loop project. 



 Participants in this event will come to understand:




  • How existing and new transportation assets can better serve an area;

  • How existing transportation facilities can be effectively managed to achieve reliable and efficient performance;

  • How safety can maintain a priority throughout a transportation project;

  • The various alternatives that were considered in this study and how to overcome controversial alternatives;

  • Lessons learned related to the planning process of collecting data, developing traffic models, conducting public outreach, and partnering with multiple public and private agencies;

  • Where the Beyond the Loop project stands currently and how this planning process leads into next steps of the NEPA phase.


Paul Plotas, PE, PTO

Paul Plotas, PE, PTOE, is the Traffic Section Leader at Burns & McDonnell. Paul attended Clarkson University in upstate New York, worked first on Long Island then Albany, NY and moved to Kansas City in the early 90’s. He has been involved in Traffic Planning and Traffic Design projects throughout ... Read More

Christopher Cline, ALSA

Christopher Cline, ASLA is the Senior Principal at Confluence. Chris has been a partner at Confluence for over 10 years, and has helped to grow the Kansas City practice into the largest of 6 offices with almost 50 urban designers, landscape architects and planners located throughout the Midwest. He has ... Read More

Martin Rivarola, AICP

Martin Rivarola, AICP, is the Assistant Director of Transportation and Land Use at the Mid America Regional Council (MARC). Martin has a great interest in transportation, community development and environmental affairs. Martin is the Assistant Director of Transportation and Land Use with MARC, the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO ... Read More

Contact Info

Micah Starr, micah.starr@vml.com