Bike lane, walkability changes coming to Armour in North Kansas City

Posted: 7:36 AM, Sep 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-27 09:34:57-04

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Big changes are happening on parts of Armour Road in North Kansas City Wednesday, but they won’t be changed for long. 

The city is planning to make the major road more accessible for people ridding on bikes. They also want to make it more welcoming for people to sit outside. 

“We have been working on a complete street plan to support Amour Road as a safe and inviting place for people to walk, drive and bike, and get on and off the bus,” said North Kansas City Community Director Sarah Copeland. 

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the corner of Armour and Fayette, city leaders will transform the street into one of their visions for the future. 

“We are getting towards the end [where we're] ready to make recommendations to the community. Wednesday is an opportunity to test drive some of those recommendations with a pop up park-let, decorative crosswalks and temporary bike lanes so people can see and feel the recommendations and tell us what they think,” said Copeland. 

Copeland hopes this listening session will turn into a plan that will be approved by council next month. Construction could begin as early as 2018. 

“There are a lot of winners in this, new businesses and long-time businesses that we appreciate and want to keep. There are a lot of winners. From people being able to have more sidewalk dinning space, enjoy the ambience of downtown and be able to spend more money and enjoy North Kansas City.” 

Copeland says the funds for the project have already been set aside. 

“Right now, we are not planning to move curb lines. We might decrease the number of vehicle lanes on parts of the road to make more space for bikes and pedestrians. We might also see a change to the number of parking spaces on the street.” 

If approved, you would see the changes along Armour Road stretching from Burlington to Ozark streets.