Mayor James thanks Kansas City residents for funding to resurface city streets

August 5, 2013 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
One year after city-wide affirmative vote on Question 1, approximately 180 lane miles have already been resurfaced, with 220 total resurfaced by year’s end.

Today, Mayor Sly James joined the City Council and Public Works Department in thanking residents for their affirmative vote on August 6, 2012, which dedicated funding towards resurfacing more of our City’s roadways.  Question 1 asked voters to eliminate and streamline several fees and taxes and replace them with a 1/2 cent sales tax.  An amount equal to 7.5% of the earnings tax is directed to street maintenance. So far, $6.26 million has been spent on resurfacing.

“Residents trusted us enough to vote for Question 1 and in return, I want to show them what they’re getting for their money” said Mayor Sly James.  “The City is making promises and keeping them and we’re making significant headway towards improving our infrastructure.”

Throughout its resurfacing efforts, the City is cognizant of environmental sustainability. All asphalt includes recycled materials, 30% of which is cold-milled off of city streets.

In addition, the City is committed to ensuring every resident has access to our infrastructure.  Ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act are constructed at any corner without one when roadways are resurfaced.

Mayor James also unveiled a unique, temporary “Thank You” pavement marking message inscribed on resurfaced roadways. This message is applied with a chalk-like material and lasts approximately one week or until the first rainfall.

Kansas City has over 6500 lane miles of roadway and expects over 220 lane miles to be completed by the year’s end.  Before last year’s vote, the City had resurfaced approximately 30 lane miles per year.

Please see the map detailing areas that will be resurfaced at the conclusion of the effort:

Resurfacing Map

As well as an image of the temporary “Thank You” message that can be found on resurfaced areas.

KC Thank You

Resurfacing efforts can be followed online at

Contact: Joni Wickham: 816-513-6582 or cell: 816-572-2152