The BNSF’s ASB Bridge created a barrier to the bi-state Riverfront Heritage Trail system with segments of the trail on both sides of the bridge. BNIM and Taliaferro & Browne developed plans to skirt the bridge by building a flood-proof concrete bicycle/pedestrian trail under the bridge on the “wet-side” of the Missouri River levee.
Funding for the estimated $2.2 million project came from $700,000 of MoDOT funds and the balance from Missouri Department of Economic Development Transportation Tax Credits that were purchased by Ameristar Casino.
Kissick Construction completed the project ahead of schedule and under budget in January 2010.
ASB-ASCE Kiosk Project
The Armour-Swift-Burlington Bridge and what was once the Missouri Pacific Produce Terminal Administration Building are located along the Riverfront Heritage Trail. In 1996, the Kansas City Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) commemorated the ASB Bridge as a National Historical Civil Engineering Landmark as part of the Section’s 75 Anniversary Celebration. In 2014, Port KC and ASCE demolished the administration building to its foundation. The Kiosk Project used the Administration Buildings foundation to create a platform and placed six pre-cast concrete structures that emulate the ASB Bridge’s counterweights for kiosks. Each kiosk contains an informational panel about the history, description, and significance of the bridge and administration building.