The meeting could push plans to replace the KCK bridge forward

Kansas City, Kan. – Bars and restaurants could soon help breathe new life into an old railroad bridge.

Renderings show what developers have planned for the 120-year-old Rock Island Bridge over the Kaw River.

The project calls for crews to tear down the railroad tracks and add a second deck. Instead of taking the train through the river, diners will be able to enjoy dinner and show.

Slaps Barbecue and Buffalo State Pizza are two restaurants that say they want to serve food at the new entertainment venue. Bars, coffee shops, and shops are also part of the plan.

A walking and cycling path will be included in the development allowing people to safely cross the river from Kansas to Missouri without the need for a car.

The developer also plans to install a zipline on the Kaw River near the bridge.

The project could serve as an anchor to the area with apartments likely to be built nearby.

The United Government has committed $2 million to the project.

Will discuss the rezoning of the bridge and the granting of special use permits for construction during the regularly-scheduled meeting on Thursday evening.

If passed, the developer would first have to build a parking lot, add security cameras, and ensure landscaping before opening the area to the public.

They hope to start work on the project later this summer and open the new entertainment venue next year.

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