Up To Date
2:50 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

After Months Of Work, A New Johnson Drive Unveiled


For almost a year, orange cones, torn up sidewalks, and road closures were a daily fact of life for businesses and their customers along Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas. After months of dealing with restricted access, the road is officially re-opened and traffic is once again moving smoothly. 

On this edition of Up to Date, we look at the effect of the project on local shops, how these retailers coped, and what both they and the city hope the new and improved Johnson Drive brings to the area. 

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Mission Businesses Cope With Losses From Construction

Sandi Russell of Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop got in the spirit of the construction with a bit of humor in front of her shop.
Credit Sandi Russell

Massive street and sidewalk work has been going on for six months along Johnson Drive in Mission, and the mom and pop businesses on that street are feeling the pain of lost business. The work has shut off front-door access for many of them.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about how much the construction has changed these businesses, how they're coping and what the city is doing about the situation.


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Road Work
12:01 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Emergency Repairs To Slow I-435 Southbound Traffic

Expect long delays Monday and Tuesday on southbound Interstate 435 at 87th Street.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has reduced traffic flow to one lane while work crews complete an emergency pavement repair on southbound I-435. Additional lanes were already closed at 87th Street to accommodate bridge work.

"As part of the lane restrictions, traffic was shifted partly onto the right southbound shoulder and the shoulder pavement has not held up to the increased traffic," KDOT spokeswoman Kimberly Qualls said in a written statement.

Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Construction Projects Growing In KC

Cerner's redevelopment of the old Bannister Mall may bring 15,000 jobs to the area.
Credit Mike Kalasnik/Flickr-CC

Kansas City seems to be building its way to an economic recovery. Take, for instance, Cerner's proposed redevelopment of the property that formerly housed Bannister Mall -- with office buildings that could potentially house 15,000 new jobs. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Preventing A DIY Dust-Up

Mayor James tears down a vacant house. Was the resulting dust a health hazard?
Laura Spencer KCUR

Everyone knows you should wear a hard hat during construction, but are your lungs in just as much danger as your head?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

New Houses Shrinking By Request

Sarah Susanka

As the economy drags, the size of homes is diminishing… and it’s by consumer demand.

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Business & Tech
2:25 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Apprenticeships Provide Options For Workers

Many skilled trades offer apprenticeship programs. It’s paid, on-the-job training in occupations like plumbing and carpentry.

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8:17 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, June 11, 2012

Political candidates rush to get their names on the primary ballot in Kansas, and construction starts on Interstate 70 this week.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Central Standard
5:04 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Two KC Businesses Build Largest Solar Canopy In Area

The Solar Panel at Travois Holdings in the Crossroads
Beth Heap Travois

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but collaboration might be the father of innovation.

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KCMO City Hall
1:30 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Capital Projects Management Department Passes On New Vote

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri will create a city department in charge of overseeing city construction projects after all.

The ordinance to create a city Capital Improvements Management Department failed last week on a tie vote with 12 council members present. Councilman John Sharp brought it up for reconsideration yesterday with the tie-breaking vote present.

Supporters, including the mayor and city manager said it will speed up backlogged city construction projects.

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