Summary of Truman Connect


Contact Information

Organization: Independence
Contact person: Charlie E. Dissell
Title: Assistant Director
Phone: 816-325-7415
Organization address: 111 East Maple Avenue
  Independence, MO    64050

General Information

Project title: Truman Connect
Project description: This proposed project seeks to implement multi-modal improvements to major streets in Independence. Its path begins at East US 24 Highway and North Missouri 291 Highway, ending at Blue Ridge Cutoff and Interstate 70 where it connects to the Truman Sports Complex and the Rock Island Corridor. The proposed path would include the 40 Highway Complete Streets Phase Two project between Sterling and Blue Ridge as well as the 24 Highway Complete Streets Phase Two project between River and Kiger. Sterling Avenue is slated to be reconfigured into a three-lane street, including a center turn lane, allowing room to install bicycle facilities. The path of the proposed trail from the Truman Library, through the Independence Square and to the Englewood Arts District, as well as the type of bicycle facilities to be used in this project is an expected outcome of this proposed project. This project is expected to also include related pedestrian and transit improvements that may be identified through the public engagement component of this project. The primary users of the implementation project will be local and regional pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users who are commuters, aging adults who are experiencing increased mobility limitations but wish to age in place, individuals with limited mobility options due to economic or physical constraints, particularly those with limited access to motorized vehicles. The primary purpose of the enhancements that will be made to Sterling Avenue will be for the benefit of the non-motorized users of the system, but are anticipated to also have significant safety and congestion benefits for motorized users.
Project Type: Implementation Activities
Project Contact: Charlie E. Dissell, AICP
Project Location: The origin is US 24 Hwy and Missouri 291 Hwy, in Independence, ending at Blue Ridge Cutoff and I-70, in Kansas City, where it connects to the Truman Sports Complex and the Rock Island Corridor.
Project Scope: The activities to be included in the project include an overall assessment of existing plans for the corridor that contain recommendations and/or conclusions regarding enhancements to pedestrian, bike, and transit user needs in the area. The assessment will also include identification of logical tie-ins from plans to previously-constructed projects along or near the Truman Connect alignment. These plans and projects include the City of Independence Strategic Plan: Independence for All, National Historic Trail Retracement Plan, Highway 40 Corridor Study and Focus Area Plan, Highway 24 Corridor Study Plan, Englewood Arts Station Circulation Plan, Square Revitalization Plan, 40 Highway Complete Streets Project, 24 Highway Complete Streets Project, Englewood Streetscape Projects, Truman Road Streetscape Projects, and the Sterling Complete Streets Traffic Study. Additionally, connections into existing nearby activity centers will be evaluated including the Transit Center located at Truman & Noland, Englewood Arts District, Truman Sports Complex, numerous National Parks locations, local parks, nearby schools, a community center, and multiple City and County facilities in the Historic Independence Square. The evaluations will include a robust public involvement component that will include bringing the public, local and regional stakeholders, and city leaders into the planning process using multiple engagement methods. Due to the length of the project and the varying characteristics of the areas in which is passes, the evaluations will also include an examination of the facilities types (bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, cycle tracks, multi-use paths, etc.) that may be used to connect non-motorized users through the more developed and dense areas of the project. Last, the evaluation will identify the best route to follow through the Historic Square in Downtown Independence. Deliverables will include the identification of the final, specific route to use to and from each end point of the project, the types of facilities to be implemented, typical cross sections for each major area of the project, proposed transit upgrades to the IndeBus transit system, and proposed branding for Truman Connect that coincides with the City’s current branding efforts.

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: 125  (Thousands of $)
Federal amount 100  (Thousands of $)
Minimum Funding amount 25  (Thousands of $)
Match amount: 25  (Thousands of $)
Source of Local Match: CDBG

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Submitted comments

Jill Getman said...

This would be beneficial to residents and visitors of Independence!

6/27/2018 9:08:11 AM

Joe Butler said...

This project proposal complements the city’s ongoing work to make Independence a better place to live, work and play. Removing blight and reducing automobile congestion, while improving access and mobility will re-energize the community as a destination that is second only to KCMO in terms of tourism appeal in the region. The greater impact on quality of life in western Independence as well as eastern KCMO will be significant.

6/27/2018 11:06:54 AM

Jeff Rogers said...

As Executive Director of the Independence Square Association and as a life-long resident of Independence, I am a big supporter of this project. Creating safe, accessible connections through the city will enable more citizens to access needed services and will encourage local citizens and visitors to decrease their reliance on autos. These connections will have a direct impact on locally owned businesses and create a community that is active and connected with each other. Other benefits such as decreased pollution, healthier citizens, and a healthier environment will have long-term benefits. Thank you for considering this important improvement to the community.

6/27/2018 11:53:37 AM

Ronald Hickey said...

As a committee member of the Imagine Independence 2040 I am very supportive of this initiative. A large part of our committee discussions focused on accessibility and appearance of corridors and neighborhoods. We unanimously agreed that the appearance of our city is very important to our citizens and to our appearance to visitors both actual and contemplating. We are proud of our place to live and want to improve it for all. Our people are our strength, our appearance is our incentive.

6/27/2018 12:33:19 PM

Kelsey Edwards said...

As a person that LOVES Independence and has lived here my whole life, this will be a GREAT add to our wonderful city! I believe this will enable our community to be out connecting with each other and give us the ability to be more active by being able to walk/bike to nearby places in our area rather than driving.I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!

6/27/2018 2:38:09 PM

Joshua Boehm said...

This study could help find ways to connect the Independence Square and other destinations in Independence with the Truman Sports Complex and the Rock Island Corridor Trail. It would be great to see more multi-modal connections studied and implemented in Jackson County.

6/29/2018 8:46:48 AM

Heather Wiley said...

As a proud resident of Independence, and a current Planning Commissioner, I am in full support of this exciting project. This project will create more transportation options within the city and will help increase options for bikers and walkers. Also, by creating a link to the Truman Sports Complex and the Rock Island Corridor, we hope to bring more traffic into Independence to build on our multiple one-of-a-kind historic sites. Independence has so much to offer and this plan will help us show off our city.

7/5/2018 9:24:07 AM

Terry Storey said...

I am member of the Independence 2040 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. I strongly support this purposed project, Truman Connect. It seemed in every committee meeting we discussed exactly what is being purposed by this project. I believe it is very important to the future growth of Independence and eastern Jackson County to modernise and give access to this corridor. This project will continue to support the important destinations like the Truman Library, Historic Square, and Englewood Arts District. This corridor is in desperate need now for this type of revitalization.

7/5/2018 10:35:20 AM

Eric Ashbaugh said...

Being a member of the Independence Planning Commission we often struggle with how to best serve the older parts of our town. This project would not only be a much need improvement to the streetscape in that area and to this important gateway into our city, but would continue to support efforts to revitalize this area of the city. For Independence to be able to take back Van Horn High School was an important step - the activity at Englewood distric is another... Please help us keep a positive momentum going by supporting this project!

7/5/2018 6:03:22 PM

Tammy Parsons said...

I want to thank everyone in advance on this project. I love iNdependence and am so excited to be part of this needed connection in western Independence, bicycling is always a great way to see what citys we visit and is so needed. What else is possible ...

7/5/2018 7:15:02 PM


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