The Cost of Our Aging Infrastructure

Public Transit

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It's the Journey: A Slice of Bus Life
Climb on board as we follow three Kansas City residents as they navigate daily life on our regional bus system. One surprising point agreed upon from both those who need to use it and those who want to use it: It may be the key to…

Water

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Water Rates and Rivers
Water Rates and Rivers explores the reasons behind the steep climb in Kansas City water rates and asks "Was this inevitable and is it fair?" The hike in prices is largely explained by a federal mandate requiring KCMO to upgrade it…
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Testing the Water in Our Watershed
From road salt to pet waste to runoff when it rains, the Blue River and its tributaries have been polluted over time. So much so that in 2010 the EPA gave Kansas City 25 years to reduce the amount of raw sewage dumped into the wa…

Waters/Sewers

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Downstream
Downstream As Kansas City Grows, Rivers Become Increasingly Urbanized By: Jesse Howe Kansas City is served by multiple watersheds, the Blue River being the largest. (184,998 Acres) The watershed runs through four counties before …
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The Cost of Our Sewers | Episode 2
If you’ve ever wondered about the inner workings of our region’s sewers and how the city is working to stop raw sewage from leaking into area waterways, "The Cost of Our Sewers | Episode 2" goes underground in the second of …
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The Cost of Our Water | Episode 1
If you’ve ever wondered where your water comes from, how it gets there, and what shape those pipes are in, "The Cost of Water | Episode 1 " opens a five-part digital series giving an overview on our city’s aging infrastruct…

Bridges/Highways

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The Cost of Our Roads | Episode 4
If you've ever wondered how Kansas and Missouri maintain their roadways, "The Cost of Roads | Episode 4," looks at what's being done to fund the roads Kansas Citians rely on everyday in the fourth of a five-part digital serie…
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The Cost of Our Bridges | Episode 3
If you’ve ever wondered about the safety of the bridges you drive across everyday, "The Cost of Bridges | Episode 3" looks at what's being done to preserve the life of the city's bridges in the third of a five-part digital …

Public Transit

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The Cost of Our Public Transit | Episode 5
Get an insider's look at what's being done to improve the region's public transit system and increase access to jobs in "The Cost of Our Public Transit | Episode 5," the final of a five-part digital series looking at our ci…

Digging In

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No Public Inspections for Our Rail Bridges
The old Broadway Bridge, built in 1956 when Dwight Eisenhower was president, is “structurally deficient,” according to publicly available reports, and needs critical repairs. But right next to it stands a much older bridge for…
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Downstream
Downstream As Kansas City Grows, Rivers Become Increasingly Urbanized By: Jesse Howe Kansas City is served by multiple watersheds, the Blue River being the largest. (184,998 Acres) The watershed runs through four counties before …
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Ever Thought of It? Sidewalks Play Big Role in Community Health
Let’s say you buy a new home in Kansas City, and several months later, the city blindsides you with a $4,000 bill for sidewalk repairs you knew nothing about. Seriously? City Councilman Scott Wagner encountered just that scenari…
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The State of Our Metro Bridges? May Not Want to Shut Your Eyes
When it comes to the sorry state of Kansas City bridges, City Manager Troy Schulte says the one that keeps him up at night is the old Broadway Bridge over the Missouri River. But a Flatland analysis of bridge inspection data revea…
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It’s the Journey: A Slice of Bus Life | Preview
If you've ever wondered how people navigate the city using public transportation, watch "The Bus Riders," the first in a three-part series on the quality of the city's infrastructure and how Kansas Citians use it. Here’s a p…
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Bus vs. Streetcar Debate: No Easy Answers
More than a decade ago, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority launched an express bus system along Main Street between the Country Club Plaza and the City Market. Known as the Metro Area Express, or MAX, that 6-mile route …
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Send Us Your Pothole Pictures
If you drive in the Kansas City metro, chances are you've hit a pothole and cringed as you imagine what it may have done to your car.
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The Cost of Our Public Transit | Preview
If you’ve ever thought about the importance of the city's public transit system, follow The Cost of Public Transit, the final in a five-part general overview series on our city’s aging infrastructure. Here’s a preview i…
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The Cost of Our Roads | Preview
If you’ve ever thought about the state and age of the roads you drive everyday, follow The Cost of Roads, the fourth in a five-part general overview series on our city’s aging infrastructure. Here’s a preview in advance…
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A City Haunted by Ghost Water
It first bubbled up a year ago as a steady stream at the edge of Harry Ellis’ well-kept lawn. It flowed across the nearby roadway north of the river and splattered mud on passing cars. In the winter, it formed an icy glaze. The …
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The Cost of Our Bridges | Preview
If you’ve ever thought about the safety of the bridges you drive over everyday, follow The Cost of Bridges, the third in a five-part general overview series on our city’s aging infrastructure. Here’s a preview in advanc…
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Our Watershed | A History of Brush Creek
From questions of quality — think Flint, Michigan — to questions of access — think the Dakota Access Pipeline — understanding our finite resource of water starts at home. Our story starts with Brush Creek, a landmark in th…
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The Cost of Our Sewers | Preview
If you’ve ever wondered about the inner workings of our region's sewers and how the city is working to stop raw sewage from leaking into area waterways, follow The Cost of Sewers, the second in of a five-part general overvi…
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The Cost of Our Water | Preview
If you've ever wondered where your water comes from, how it gets there, and what shape those pipes are in, follow The Cost of Water, the first in of a five-part general overview series on our city's aging infrastructure. Here's…
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Infrastructure By the Numbers
Part II | By Ways and Means Part I | The State of Our Infrastructure Overviews and Introductions
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