Kansas City officials want the state of Missouri to replace the Broadway Bridge, a frequent headache for Northland commuters, as part of a comprehensive plan to improve traffic flow on the north end of downtown. MoDOT already is moving forward with an $80 million project to replace the Fairfax Bridge to the west in Riverside beginning next October, and officials would like to put some kind of Broadway Bridge project on their five-year plan.
Kansas City officials would like the state to think bigger than building a new Broadway Bridge — at a cost that could top $200 million. The steel-truss structure carrying traffic on U.S. 169 opened as a toll bridge run by the city in 1956. The toll was ended in 1991, and the bridge was handed over to state control the next year. It carries 50,000 to 60,000 vehicles daily. Kansas City’s population continues to boom north of the Missouri River. Platte County’s population is projected to jump by 76 percent by 2040, while Clay County could soar by 70 percent.