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Deteriorating curb near Union Station impacts wheelchair users

City says repairs require special contractor
Pershing Road deteriorating curb-2
Pershing Road deteriorating curb
Posted at 12:33 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 21:41:54-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A curb on the southwest side of Union Station on Pershing Road is deteriorating, and it's impacting how some people like Jeanne Knapp get to work.

Knapp, who works in the area, uses a power wheelchair and started noticing the problem with the curb almost two years ago.

"It's very difficult. I do it every day because I have to for work," Knapp said.

She takes the bus from Blue Springs to the Union Station stop. She said it would be better if the bus stopped on the other side of the street, where she works.

Knapp told 41 Action News she has to go around the curb in order to get onto the sidewalk, which she said can be a nerve-racking experience.

"Now it's basically even with the regular curb, so I have to bounce down off of it to get onto Pershing, to even cross Pershing," she said.

41 Action News reached out to the city about the curb, and a spokesperson said the problem is on the city's radar. City officials conducted a site visit and determined the scope of the repair work. Because the ramps and curbs are located on a bridge deck, the repairs involve a certain kind of contractor who has experience in that kind of work.

In the meantime, Knapp is worried the curb will only get worse as the next wave of wintry weather rolls in.

"It's kind of scary, especially when it's icy," Knapp said.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority sent 41 Action News this statement on this issue:

The safety and well-being of our customers is our number one priority. We have notified the City of Kansas City and will work with them to try and resolve these issues.

City officials said they are working to get the work contracted out sometime later this year.