Summary of Downtown Olathe Active Transportation Connectivity Plan


Contact Information

Organization: Olathe
Contact person: Beth Wright
Title: Transportation Manager
Phone: 913-971-9036
Organization address: PO Box 768
  Olathe, KS    66051-0768

General Information

Project title: Downtown Olathe Active Transportation Connectivity Plan
Project description: The new Johnson County Courthouse will change the face of downtown Olathe. In particular, Kansas Avenue provides opportunities for changes to adjoining land use, reduction in parking will provide a new footprint for additional active transportation infrastructure which can enhance more sustainable development. The intent of this project is to further refine the specifics of how the transportation network can meet the needs of all users, in particular, to promote and provide connected opportunities for transit, bicycle and pedestrian users. The project will focus on development of conceptual design of downtown streets and design standards to provide the feasibility and phasing of future infrastructure improvements.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Project
Project Contact: Beth Wright
Project Location: Downtown Olathe, Johnson County Kansas, bounded by Mulberry Street on the north, Elm Street on the South, Pine Street on the west and Nelson Street on the east.
Project Scope: • Provide feasibility, conceptual design for On Road bike network within project boundaries to encourage alternate transportation mode connections to transit, county/city jobs, retail and educational activity centers. • Provide feasibility, conceptual design and connectivity plan of bike boulevard on Kansas Avenue to Olathe’s On Road bike network. • Provide feasibility, conceptual design and design standards/guidelines for Kansas Avenue and Kansas City Road as Complete Streets o Opportunities to encourage more sustainable development activity o Opportunities to improve pedestrian circulation, experience and connections to downtown destinations and Mill Creek Trail • Consider feasibility of closure of Water Street to provide more pedestrian/bike experiences in downtown Olathe

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: 75  (Thousands of $)
Federal amount 60  (Thousands of $)
Minimum Funding amount 50  (Thousands of $)
Match amount: 15  (Thousands of $)
Source of Local Match: City of Olathe General Fund

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Mark A. Gash said...

My name is Mark Gash and I am responding as the Chairperson of the City of Olathes Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board, which is a liaison to the City, a resource, and an advocate for the disabled community. We would very much like to be kept in the loop on this and assist the design team to help the project exceed ADA standards, as we are currently doing with the new Courthouse. The issues that immediately come to mind are to (1)make certain there are adequate disabled parking spaces available, not only at the courthouse, but throughout the downtown area (many who are disabled have a very difficult time covering long distances); (2)provide plenty of walkways, special lanes, sidewalks, etc. for disabled pedestrians, in wheelchairs and otherwise; (3)safe ways for those with disabilities to cross busy streets; (4)visual and auditory street crossing equipment; (5)frequent curb cuts at all crossings and with all handicapped parking; (6)a way to avoid blocking sidewalks and street crossings with snow pilled up at the curbs during the Winter (this is a virtually complete impediment for the disabled); (7)access to adequate and frequent public transportation in the area (preferably at all times of the day); (8)warning pads with the raised truncated dome design at all street crossings for those who are visually impaired; (9)covered stops (warmed in the Winter would be nice, too) for public transportation pick-up and drop-off; and (10)disabled access to all forms of public transportation (buses, cabs, etc.). The Board would very much like to assist with the project and that is one of our functions. Please take advantage of our expertise. You may contact me at the e-mail address provided.

7/3/2018 5:58:44 PM


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