KCK commissioners, Unified Government of WyCo to vote on proposed bike path for Kaw Point Park

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A $2.7 million project in Kansas City, Kansas has commissioners split over the vote.

A proposed project will create a bike/walk path that will connect to Kaw Point Park. But it’s expensive.

“It’s one third of a mile for $2.7 million. That’s what highlighted it for me,” Commissioner Ann Murguia says.

Marguia is alarmed by the hefty price tag that will partly be funded by tax payers. After touring the location, it left her with even more concerns

“I bike every single day, Monday through Friday," she says. "I pull my little girl right behind me. I will never pull my little girl on this bike trail."

She says the walkway barrier currently along the trail will be extended 12 feet and cut down the lanes of traffic. Marguia says she’s wants to promote health and exercise but wants to keep safety in mind.

“The engineers from our community, KDOT, and the federal government have all insisted it be safe for everyone. That’s the price tag when you’re going through a highway across the river, you have to make sure it’s safe,” Mayor Mark Holland says.

The mayor along with advocates of this project says it’s worth the investment because it promotes redevelopment and health.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kansas commission couldn’t break a tie vote last week when this project was discussed.

It’s up to vote again Thursday night during the commission meeting at 7 p.m.

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