Kansas City streetcar construction disrupts downtown traffic

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The new Kansas City streetcar project is slowing traffic in the River Market area. The construction zone on Delaware Street spans a few blocks from the Delaware Bridge north. Crews say they'll be working on this stretch of road through Spring 2015.

In addition to laying streetcar tracks, crews are making updates to the infrastructure as they go -- from removing trees that are planted too close to the road to installing new sewer pipes.  The work will close the intersection of 5th and Delaware streets for 36 hours starting Wednesday at 7 o'clock. It will reopen Thursday night at 7.

Kansas City streetcar workers say businesses will stay open during that time. Detour signs and parking sings will be posted. Click here for details.

The Kansas City streetcars are expected to be up and running in 2015. They will run the two miles between Union Station and the River Market.