Swope Park Industrial

1990 Flooding Event
Train Blocking the Crossing

Swope Park Industrial Area (SPIA) is subject to periodic flooding from the Blue River. The Blue River produces flash flooding that threatens SPIA and its employees. SPIA lies within the one percent chance (100-yer event) flood plain. The result of flooding will cut off access to and from SPIA while inundating it, increasing the potential for loss of life. A floodwall and levee system around the perimeter of SPIA is needed to provide critical flood protection and insure continued economic viability of this manufacturing center.

SPIA has limited access, one-way in and out, with an active railroad track crossing at the entrance. The current plan for flood damage reduction together with a new railroad flyover bridge to provide safe ingress/egress during flooding utilizes components of the flood control while at the same time eliminates other costly components by eliminating the railroad crossing altogether.

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<<Employees walking over cars to return to work

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City of Kansas City, MO; and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE)


Allied Waste
Blue River Watershed Association (BRWA)
Blue Valley Association (BVA)
Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
Jackson County Parks and Recreation
Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
Planned Industrial Expansion Authority (PIEA)
        US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
US Geological Survey (USGS)


  • 10 Feb 2015 12:49 PM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

    SWOPE PARK INDUSTRIAL AREA, Kansas City, MO - FY16 $10,000,000 Construction


    FY16 $10M for major construction contract will result in overall cost savings. $2.8M minimum needed for crucial bank stabilization to prevent cost increase.

    $10M remains under current authorization.

    $16M completes the project.

    PACR submitted for modification of project costs to $30.3M.

    Interior drainage system installation completed.

    Remaining project under design.

    Bridge design underway at sponsor cost.


    Eliminates at grade RR crossing and protects economically vital business park comprised of various lean manufacturing facilities providing over 400 skilled manufacturing jobs from up to the 0.2 percent chance (500-year) flood event.

  • 21 Sep 2012 8:00 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The first shovel of dirt for the new flood control containment system was dug on September 12, 2012. Work is progressing nicely as Wolfe Construction is using part of the old landfill to store the material which may later be used in the levee work.

    These photos show the production of the trenching, placing the concrete pipe and culvert for storm run-off. It is a busy street and the Corps has done a good job with traffic control and scheduling. We have hope to keep the project moving along with additional funding to start the work by the river and move into the flyover bridge soon.

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  • 23 Mar 2010 3:47 PM | Web Master (Administrator)
    The SPIA project was authorized in the 2007 Water Resources Development Act and established as the number one priority by the Kansas City Industrial Council (KCIC). The new bridge is a cooperative effort with private funding being provided by the railroad and SPIA businesses to help with the elimination of the dangerous at grade railroad crossing.

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