Union Station Pedestrian Bridge

Pershing Road Development Company

Project Summary

Many had long-desired a convenient pedestrian link between the trendy galleries, restaurants and condo developments in the Freight House area of the Crossroads Arts District and the renovated Union Station, which houses a science museum, theater and other attractions. TranSystems was selected to design an elevated pedestrian walkway connecting the two areas. The housing for the walkway was a 100-year-old rail bridge donated by Kansas City Southern Railroad and spans two Amtrak lines and the two main lines of the Kansas City Terminal Railway (KCT). As the lead consultant, TranSystems’ responsibilities included civil and structural design, interface with affected railroads, and completion of plans.

Project Highlights

  • Two spans of unused, 100-year-old rail bridge house the walkway as a unique reminder of the district’s roots
  • Structure placed above active KCTR and Amtrak tracks and rail traffic was not interrupted during the process

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