Crews break new ground on streetcar line in River Market - KCTV5

Crews break new ground on streetcar line in River Market

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As construction workers break ground on the new Kansas City streetcar project, people commuting near the River Market will need to adjust to major road closures. As construction workers break ground on the new Kansas City streetcar project, people commuting near the River Market will need to adjust to major road closures.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

As construction workers break ground on the new Kansas City streetcar project, people commuting near the River Market will need to adjust to major road closures.

Tuesday marks the start of construction in the Riverfront neighborhood.

Crews will be prepping for track work and will shut down southbound lanes of the Delaware Bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday. The northbound lanes will also close Thursday and Friday.

The Kansas City streetcar is expected to open up next year, running two miles from the River Market to Union Station.

Officials say work on the new span will affect the River Market area for several months so businesses and people living around the area are gearing up, and it is important to plan ahead.

Tuesday's work also includes mudjacking, a process that can get noisy.

Hilde Gunde has lived in the River Market area for five years and loved it until now.

"I hate it," she said. "I would not have moved up there if I would have known."

The quiet neighborhood is now too noisy and chaotic, she said.

Some neighbors and local businesses aren't happy about the upcoming work. But streetcar officials have created a slew of different detours to keep commute time down. Still some say the detours can be confusing and difficult to figure out.

Others see the construction as progress that will ultimately help the neighborhood so it's well worth the temporary inconvenience. 

"I feel like it's worth the wait for the streetcar and what we're having to deal with now," Joshua Ruble said. "Take a deep breath. There's going to be an end in sight."

Kasey Rausch is keeping the issues in perspective.

"If I'm going to spend my energy being frustrated, it's not going to be about something as simple as construction in our community," Rausch said.

The streetcar line is expected to open in 2015.

For a list of those detours, click here.

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