I read that the design for the new I-35 bridge over the Missouri River is now in jeopardy because of a perceived conflict with the Federal Aviation Administration over landing patterns at the Wheeler Downtown Airport (12/14, A-1). It seems the mid-span support column will be too high and interfere with certain approaches to the airport.
The article also said that the FAA acknowledges that it really cannot prevent the design from being built as is.
So I vote for building the bridge as designed, post haste. Let the FAA figure out what to do about its landing patterns and let motorists (who would benefit most from the new bridge) have our signature river crossing. Do not delay! Time is precious!
Timothy Earl Osburn
The FAA’s recent issue with the new Paseo Bridge is just plain silly. It seems the FAA would like to keep Kansas City a cow town forever. If we were to accept its position, we could put in place a lovely concrete deck bridge with no redeeming aesthetic qualities whatsoever.
But wait, we would also need to keep building construction under 10 stories in height. In consideration of the FAA and the executive jets at Wheeler Airport, we should raze all buildings over 10 stories and begin immediate bulldozing to lower the surrounding hillsides over 96 feet in height. Then we would be truly in line with the lyric: “Everything is up to date in Kansas City. We’ve gone about as fer as we can go…”
The real question should be: What is Wheeler Airport doing to contribute to the economic future of Kansas City? Is it profitable? If not, perhaps we should close it and redevelop it with businesses and living spaces which will contribute to a sound economic future for Kansas City.
S. Preston Moore