Congressman Cleaver Announces New Grant for the Buck O’Neil Bridge

Dec 6, 2018
Press Release
The historic Kansas City bridge will receive a BUILD Grant for $25 million

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is pleased to announce that the Buck O’Neil bridge located in Kansas City, Missouri has received a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grant in the amount of $25 million.

The grant will go towards replacement of the Buck O’Neil Bridge which carries US 169 over the Missouri River in Kansas City. This project includes a wider bridge span, separated facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, connector ramps including a direct connection between US 169 and Interstate 35, and approaching roadway.

“This is great news for a bridge that is in desperate need of replacement. This will ease the concern of drivers who use the bridge daily and open doors for new economic opportunities in my district,” said Congressman Cleaver.

The Buck O’Neil bridge first opened in 1956 as the Broadway Bridge. It was renamed in 2016 after the great Kansas City Monarch player, John “Buck” O’Neil. Today over 45,000 vehicles a day cross the bridge between downtown Kansas City and surrounding communities.

The Missouri Department of Transportation applied for the BUILD grant.

For the last several years, Congressman Cleaver worked with other members the Missouri Congressional Delegation, MODOT, and the city to find a solution that would allow for replacement of the bridge, rather than repairs only. Last year, Congressman Cleaver wrote to the Secretary of Transportation to support a TIGER grant application that would allow funding to replace the bridge.

“I’m glad we could all work together to make this happen. The bridge is an example of what we can accomplish when we focus on the betterment of our communities,” said Congressman Cleaver.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.