The Kansas City Public Works Department hired IAA, in collaboration with civil engineers, George Butler and Associates, to reconstruct the iconic bridge uniting Broadway Blvd. and Main St., a late 1800’s overpass. Primary objectives were to widen the bridge and increase vehicle clearance for Wyandotte St. below - all without diminishing its historic qualities. Furthering the challenge was the inability to lower Wyandotte St. due to the cost-prohibitive relocation of existing utility lines below, and associated re-grading and paving.
Working closely with the MO Department of Transportation, surrounding neighborhoods and residents, and the Department of Parks and Rec., IAA designed a bridge respectful of it surroundings and historic significance. The bridge framework was replaced with shallower structural members, allowing for the required clearance at Wyandotte St. A pedestrian walkway was incorporated into the street-level design in order to provide families safe passage to the nearby playground and Pennway Park. Lighting features, banners, extensive landscaping, and stone elements maintain the bridge’s urban charm.