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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2011

Bids opened for Northwest 72nd Street extension project

Construction to improve Green Hills Road and Waukomis Drive

The City of Kansas City, Mo., opened bids for the Northwest 72nd Street extension and improvements to Green Hills Road and Waukomis Drive on Tuesday, March 1. This $7.6 million construction project will extend Northwest 72nd Street eastward from Overland Drive to Waukomis Drive and reconstruct approximately 400 feet of roadway on Northwest 72nd Street east of Waukomis Drive. Waukomis Drive and Green Hills Road will each expand to improved three lane roads with curbs, sidewalks and streetlights. The intersection of the streets will include a roundabout and a small storm water basin to improve water quality. This project will also upgrade the existing 24-inch water main to a new 36-inch water main,and upgrade the existing 8-inch water main to a new 12-inch water main along Waukomis Drive and Green Hills Road.

The project will be constructed in three phases. The first phase of the project will build Northwest 72nd Street west of the Green Hills Road/Waukomis Drive intersection and the roundabout and not require any street closures. The second phase will build Green Hills Road north of the roundabout and Northwest 72nd Street east of the roundabout after the new Northwest 72nd Street is opened. The third phase will improve Waukomis Drive from the roundabout south to the recently completed improvements on Northwest 68th Street. These improvements implement portions of the Waukomis Drive/Green Hills Road planning study completed in 2006.

Construction is expected to begin in early summer and take two and a half years. Residents can expect to see utility work begin in spring.

“This project will greatly enhance the east-west connectivity that the Northland needs,” said Councilman Russ Johnson.

Crews will post changeable message boards before any road work begins or changes in construction phases, allowing adequate notice that detours and traffic patterns will change.

Noting that disruption in residents’ lives needs to be kept to a minimum, Councilman Johnson said, “The contractor will receivea bonus if they are able to shorten the construction time of this project, thereby minimizing disruption to the residents of the valley.”

The project’s contractor will be able to close Green Hills Road for only 120 days, and will receive a bonus if the project is completed by Nov. 15, 2012.

For media inquiries or more information, please contact Sean Demory, communication manager for the Capital Projects Office, at 816-513-0059.

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