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A large part of a project originally imagined in the 1990s has been completed. North Brighton was once a two-lane road with no shoulders, sidewalks, streetlights or ADA accessibility. With $13 million in funding from Shoal Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and funds from the District 1 Public Improvement Supervisory Committee (PIAC). $2.4 million of the funding went toward improving sewer lines.

Improvements to N. Brighton Avenue will continue for years to come. This section extends from 58th Street to NE Pleasant Valley Road. In 2019, more than 100 citizens took part in town hall meetings on the improvements they would like to see for this section of road.

N. Brighton Road Improvements.  Cost of $13 million, 47 streetlights, 178 trees planted, 12,500 ft of sidewalks, 433,000 ft2 of roadway, 24,500 ft of curbs

N. Brighton Avenue was widened from two to four lanes with a split median island. Cycle paths have been added and will soon be upgraded to include protective measures. ADA-compliant sidewalks, crosswalks, and built-in ramps will help residents navigate the area more safely. Due to the large gradients along the causeway, crews worked to reduce hills and valleys. In this job, they added new curbs, gutters, and a closed storm sewer system with a water main replacement. New lampposts, landscaping and pedestrian rest areas have been added. Over the next month, 178 trees will be planted in the area to beautify and improve the overall city canopy.

The next phase of work to be completed along N. Brighton runs from NE Pleasant Valley Road to NE 78th Street. This is currently in the design phase and most upgrades along this stretch will be similar. This area has a steep slope and will be difficult but important for the safety of residents.

N. Brighton Ribbon Cutting

“For a generation, people have been looking for a way to do this. Thanks to the investment of our taxpayers and our residents, we are seeing more improvements in all areas of the city. It’s not something that just gets people through a community faster, but it does help them be safer when navigating Kansas City. I love seeing projects like this because it helps us deliver what voters are asking for,” said Mayor Quinton Lucas. “Voters stood up and said, please meet our basic infrastructure needs.”

“It’s a very expensive project. It is a very long stretch of road. There are still many millions of dollars to give to continue this project. You’ll see how much bigger it is and how much safer it is for District 1 and beyond. This area now has ADA accessibility, bike lanes and safety measures that will benefit residents for years to come,” said First District Councilwoman Heather Hall.

“The importance of this street to Northland is vital, but together Councilor Heather Hall and I have made it a priority to connect schools to communities. Thanks to this, we now have the opportunity to walk to many other neighborhoods so that their children can walk to school. That’s been our goal throughout our tenure is to have more roads connected to neighborhoods,” said First District Councilor Kevin O’Neil. “It was a big project, $13 million, but what’s more important about this project is that it did exactly what it was supposed to do: keep travelers safe and connect communities. I appreciate Councilwoman Hall and Councilman O’Neil for their efforts in moving this project forward. The collaboration made this possible,” said Director of Public Works Michael Shaw.

For media inquiries, contact Sherae Honeycutt, Public Information Officer, Department of Public Works at [email protected], 816-946-3611.

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