Summary of Linwood Corridor Complete Street & Bikeway Connections

Kansas City, MO

Contact Information

Organization: Kansas City, MO
Contact person: Joseph Blankenship
Title: Planner
Phone: 816-513-2878
E-mail: joseph.blankenship@kcmo.org
Organization address: 414 East 12th Street, 16th Floor
  Kansas City, MO    64106


General Information

Project title: Linwood Corridor Complete Street & Bikeway Connections
Project description: This project will act as a key multimodal spine in Kansas City, Missouri connecting the northern terminus of the Rock Island Corridor to central city Kansas City, Missouri and the 39th Street District/University of Kansas Medical Center area (see attached exhibit). Primarily, a high-quality on-street protected bikeway facility and other complete street elements (including pedestrian improvements) that would most likely result in a road diet are the goal of this project. Through a partnership with the Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority/Jackson County, the City of Kansas City, Missouri has the unique opportunity to tie into a regionally significant “rails to trails” project that will eventually connect the Kansas City area to the Katy Trail. Not only would this project connect to the Rock Island Corridor, it would link two regionally significant destinations – the University of Kansas Medical Center and its surrounding areas such as the 39th Street District to the Truman Sports Complex. Linwood Boulevard (connecting Broadway Boulevard on the west to Benton Boulevard on the east) is one of George E. Kessler’s Intra-Neighborhood Connectors which serve as the backbone of the KCMO Parks and Boulevards system. As noted in the National Register of Historic Places Continuation Sheet, Linwood has been modified from forty feet to a fifty and sixty foot roadway. Additionally, curbs and sidewalks have been added or improved “to meet contemporary needs.” This project seeks to further the exploration of meeting contemporary needs of transportation and mobility in the Kansas City region. A high-quality protected bikeway connecting much of Kansas City, Missouri’s central city area to the Truman Sports Complex and the Rock Island Trail are the next evolution of Linwood Boulevard and its associated connecting streets as highlighted in the attached exhibit. Furthermore, due to its connectedness, directness, relatively easy topography, and excess capacity Linwood Boulevard is an excellent candidate for a road diet and protected bikeway. In the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s current update to its comprehensive bicycle master plan, Linwood is identified as an essential East/West corridor and is currently listed as a priority on-street bikeway project in the 2018 Bike KC Master Plan 5-Year Priority Network. Finally, as the City has continued to complete sections of the Blue River Trail and the Emmanuel Cleaver II/Brush Creek Trail there exists opportunities for this study to examine connections to those critical off-street trail systems. This would further connect the Rock Island/Truman Sports Complex area to Kansas City neighborhoods, including the Country Club Plaza via the Emmanuel Cleaver II/Brush Creek Trail and South Kansas City/Johnson County via connections to the Blue River Trail (which ties into the Indian Creek Trail further south). This project could be regionally transformative and will add additional transportation options for residents and visitors alike.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Project
Project Contact: Joseph Blankenship
Project Location: Kansas City, MO primarily along Linwood Blvd Corridor connecting Rock Island norther terminus at the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex Lot L with KU Medical Center. [See attached map for further detail]
Project Scope: Anticipated tasks: a.Review of existing plans, including but not limited to: -2018 Bike KC Master Plan (draft) -KCMO Complete Streets Ordinance -Rock Island Corridor Report -Trails KC Plan -MARC Regional Bikeways Plan -The Kansas City Parks and Boulevards Historic District National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (sections applicable to Linwood Boulevard) -Midtown/Plaza Area Plan -Heart of the City Area Plan -Blue Ridge Area Plan -Next Rail Deliverable for task a.will include providing summary memo of plan findings, recommendations, and themes. Additionally, concept development and final report will cite how plan recommendations were or were not incorporated. While this project’s focus is on protected bikeway accommodations and enhanced pedestrian conditions, there must be acknowledgement of potential mass transit inclusion on Linwood Boulevard in the future. b.Review of existing traffic data & evaluation of current ROW conditions. Deliverable for task b. will include providing summary report of road diet feasibility and intersections with impacts, including potential capacity limitations. Additionally, Synchro/SimTraffic reports and a summary of delay and travel time for the corridor using existing traffic volumes for the existing street configuration and alternative configurations. c.Robust public engagement, including comprehensive steering committee/working group, technical review committee (KCMO staff, Jackson County, KCATA, etc.), and public outreach. Public outreach will include traditional public meetings, citizen & business survey, and concept demonstration project. Other public outreach methods are welcome too in order to ensure the community has opportunity to provide input and comment on proposed altered conditions. Reports and memos should reference how public outreach was conducted and all outreach efforts should be documented, including parties contacted. d.Prepare conceptual plan(s) related to complete streets/multimodal improvement options. Deliverable for task d. includes the preparation of concept plan(s) that include example sections, pavement markings, and intersection treatments. This deliverable will consist of a strip map for the corridor showing existing and proposed cross sections and callout notes for specific treatments. A general overview of proposed treatments that apply consistently along the corridor (e.g. uniform enhanced crosswalk markings) should also be included with sample images and locations for said improvements. e.Technical review and public evaluation of concept plan(s). Deliverable for task e. includes a final summary report and of recommended conditions and implementation strategies, including public & technical feedback, needed next steps, prioritized improvement scheme, and concept level cost estimates.

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: 162.5  (Thousands of $)
Federal amount 130  (Thousands of $)
Minimum Funding amount 90  (Thousands of $)
Match amount: 32.5  (Thousands of $)
Source of Local Match: KCMO PIAC 2018 Contingency


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DuRon Netsell said...

This would make for a great project!

6/27/2018 7:38:24 PM


Kyle FitzGerald said...

This project would revolutionize the connectivity of Midtown to the eastern half of the city and the larger bicycle networks in the metro. My wife and I have been avid cyclists for over a decade and have weathered the unsafe conditions of KCMO streets to reach non-connected destinations. Now that we have two children to cycle with us, we do not use the majority of KCMO streets as they do not have designated cycling lanes. A protected cycling lane along the Linwood corridor would be incredible and open that portion of the city to safe bicycle travel that parents would feel comfortable taking the children along. As tax paying Midtown citizens, we are highly supportive of this project.

7/6/2018 10:58:34 AM


Kyle FitzGerald said...

This project would revolutionize the connectivity of Midtown to the eastern half of the city and the larger bicycle networks in the metro. My wife and I have been avid cyclists for over a decade and have weathered the unsafe conditions of KCMO streets to reach non-connected destinations. Now that we have two children to cycle with us, we do not use the majority of KCMO streets as they do not have designated cycling lanes. A protected cycling lane along the Linwood corridor would be incredible and open that portion of the city to safe bicycle travel that parents would feel comfortable taking the children along. As tax paying Midtown citizens, we are highly supportive of this project.

7/6/2018 10:58:53 AM


Nicholas Ward-B opp said...

This would transform Lindwood and create a viable bike route for commutors and recreational riders, and would encourage new people to bike in kansas city!

7/14/2018 12:40:00 PM


 


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