Laura Ziegler / KCUR

The 18 employees of Snyder’s grocery store at 2620 Independence Avenue in Kansas City's Historic Northeast got paychecks this week, even though they haven’t been to work for over a month.

The family owned business just east of Paseo has been there for 48 years, and the James family has run it for the last 28.

The building sits directly east of where a deadly fire killed two firefighters on Oct. 12. The west walls of  Snyder's were totally blown out, and their entire inventory destroyed.

Traffic Trickle Start on Behemoth Bridge Job

Sep 27, 2010
Depiction courtesy MoDOT

Kansas City, MO – You should be able to make an unimpeded trip across the new Christopher Bond Bridge over the Missouri River before New Year's Eve. Construction is six months ahead of schedule.

Just hours after the bridge dedication today, cars were using first part of the span replacing Paseo Bridge.

Drivers' Relief Nearing For Bridge Crossing

Apr 9, 2010
photo courtesy of MoDot

Kansas City, Mo. – The new Missouri River bridge replacing the Paseo span will be close enough to completion to carry traffic by year's end.

MoDot will start shifting lanes of traffic from the Paseo to the Bond Bridge by fall. Highway officials say the Bond won't be finished until next year, but at least one northbound lane should be open by Christmas.

Most visible work now is installing cables hooking the highly visible pylon to the floor of the new bridge. The pylon stands more than 300 feet tall and supports the entire structure.