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Committee to host public meeting to discuss Paseo Gateway

Posted: 7:01 AM, May 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-15 08:45:12-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The debate on how to improve a busy intersection east of downtown Kansas City picks up again Tuesday. The city has a proposal to redesign the intersection of The Paseo and Independence Avenue. It calls the intersection the Paseo Gateway, referring to it as a gateway into downtown. 

City staff reported the number of crashes at the intersection continues to rise. It has put together a plan to add bike lanes, re-do crosswalks and change the layout of how the roads combine. But several bike and pedestrian safety advocates disagree with aspects of the city's plan.  

At a meeting of the Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Tuesday night, members will discuss how to modify the city's plan. They argue the city's current proposal contradicts policies in place aimed to promote complete streets and reduce vehicle traffic on Independence Avenue. 

Tuesday's meeting goes from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Independence Avenue Community Improvement District located at 2657 Independence Ave. Organizers said they will dedicate a significant amount of time to public input.