Summary of Switzer Road, 159th Street to 167th Street

Overland Park

Contact Information

Organization: Overland Park
Contact person: Joe Archer
Title: Engineering Technician
Phone: 9138956048
Organization address: 8500 Santa Fe Drive
  Overland Park, KS    66212

General Information

G8.1 Project title: Switzer Road, 159th Street to 167th Street
G8.2 Project description: Reconstruction of Switzer Road from an unimproved two-lane roadway to an improved two-lane roadway with shoulders, turn lanes and storm sewers throughout the corridor. The project also includes a 10-foot multi-use path along the east side of Switzer and a roundabout at the intersection of 167th Street and Switzer Road. Bicyclists will be able to utilize the paved shoulders or the multi-use path to negotiate the entire corridor and intersections. Pedestrians will be able to utilize the multi-use path to negotiate the entire corridor along with sidewalk connections at intersections. The project goal is to increase capacity for vehicles along the corridor and at the intersections while maximizing access and improving safety for multiple modes of transportation.
G8.3 Project contact: Kyle Dieckmann
City of Overland Park
8500 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66212
(913) 895-6053 (Office)
(913) 208-4627 (Cell)
G1. Project Type: Road & Bridge - Roadway Operations
G2. Funding Stream: STP
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Kansas
G5. Project county: 1. Johnson
G6. Project municipality: 1. Overland Park
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? Yes
This project is part of the 2018-2022 County Assistance Road Program (CARS) as a tentative project to be funded for construction in 2022.
G8.4 Purpose and need: The purpose of this project is to maximize mobility and access to existing and future land uses along the corridor, address system preservation and maintenance needs, provide for alternative transportation modes and improve system performance, efficiency, and safety.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
Switzer Road
159th Street
167th Street
G10. Functional Classification: Collector
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? No   Decade:   --Select--
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
This project is part of the 2018-2022 County Assistance Road Program (CARS) as a tentative project for construction in 2022. Also, this area was part of the South Overland Park Transportation Plan which was developed in conjunction with Johnson County (KS), Olathe, and Cass County (MO).
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
This project is in Overland Parks 2018-2022 CIP as project TH-1836 - Switzer Road, 159th Street to 167th Street.
G14. Planning stage: Preliminary Plan
G15. Reviewed by state DOT? No
G16. Right-of-Way acquisition: Not started
G17. ROW by local public agency process manual? Yes
G18. Other unique local goals and objectives? No
This project meets the goals and objectives identified back in the mid 1970’s when the City passed resolutions designating certain routes to be classified as thoroughfares. Switzer Road is designated as a thoroughfare to provide four lanes for vehicular traffic, sidewalks on both sides for pedestrian traffic, a raised median with turn lanes, and at least 120-foot right-of-way to allow for future widening to six lanes of vehicular traffic. Most recently, our South OP Transportation Plan developed new concepts for these southern thoroughfares which will focus on interim improvements creating more appropriately designed streets for the expected development patterns which are likely to occur in the next 20 to 30 years.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: The population of disabled persons and persons living in zero-car households would be affected positively by this project with the construction of ADA compliant sidewalks, bike and pedestrian multi-use path, street lighting, and roundabout with pedestrian crossing accommodations. Low income and minority populations would also be helped by having bicycle facilities (multi-use path or shoulders) which would allow them to ride a bicycle to the nearest bus stop more easily (currently at 151st Street).
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: This project is in the Citys five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The city holds two preliminary public hearings regarding CIP projects in the fall of each year before staff develops a proposed CIP for consideration by the Governing Body. These pubic hearings are held during the CIP development process in order to allow public comments to be taken into consideration during the development of the proposed five-year CIP. Comments need not be made in person as e-mails, letters and summaries of personal phone calls can be read into the record.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: The City holds three open house public information meetings. The first meeting is held during preliminary design to explain the project objectives, present the project schedule, hear the citizens concerns and issues, discuss design issues and introduce the involved City Officials. The second public information meeting is during final design to present the final plans and continue to hear citizens comments and answer questions. The last public information meeting is prior to construction. The City introduces the Contractor and employees who will be involved in the project and also discuss the project schedule. During these three meetings the public is given the opportunity to talk face to face with the City project manager and/or City representative. For those not present or able to attend the public meetings, questionnaires are made available by mail. Additional information is also made available on OPKANSAS.ORG.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living----------- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network---Context Appropriate Streets------- ------------Integrated Trail System--- ---------------- ---------------- ------
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: The project will provide multimodal systems to accommodate automobiles, transit, public safety vehicles, pedestrian and bicycles in order to maximize mobility throughout the corridor. The project will improve walkability and bicycle access by providing ADA compliant sidewalks and multi-use path. Sidewalks and multi-use paths with crosswalks will enhance pedestrian safety while linking residential and future neighborhood commercial center proposed at 167th and Switzer. The roundabout proposed at 167th and Switzer will provide for safe pedestrian and vehicular movements as well as an opportunity to provide a community focal point.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
This project will implement the connected places element by allowing for better bicycle accommodations and pedestrian access to surrounding neighborhoods as well as transit access at the nearest route on 151st Street.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? No
G25. Environmental justice tracts? No
There are no environmental justice tracts adjacent to this project.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
The proposed roundabout at 167th and Switzer will improve safety and efficiency, lessening vehicular emissions by reducing delay at the intersection. Overland Park is also committed to Operation Green Light, a regional effort to improve traffic flow and reduce vehicle emissions. This project will provide additional capacity and alleviate congestion with a goal of reducing emissions. It is anticipated that signals (if needed) would be integrated with the existing signal interconnection along the Switzer corridor. This project includes construction of sidewalks and multi-use path to promote pedestrian and bike usage as a form of non-motorized transportation. Providing better access to the nearest regional transit line on 151st Street will also allow for reduced emissions.
G27. Natural Resource information: Switzer Road corridor has opportunities for natural resource management, between 165th Street and 167th Street, where the roadway crosses Coffee Creek tributary. Opportunities include restoration of Herbaceous and Lowland Herbaceous land. The project includes seeding, sodding, and restoration throughout the corridor.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: These conservation and restoration opportunities will benefit the future MetroGreen link and planned park one-quarter mile south of 167th and Switzer.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: This project is supported by Overland Parks Future Development Master Plan and would maximize mobility and improve access to planned residential and future neighborhood commercial uses along the corridor. This project is also part of the South OP Transportation Plan to right-size future thoroughfares in southern OP based on expected densities and travel needs. In addition, the city has maintained a Comprehensive Plan that directs, coordinates, and evaluates the citys development and progress and ensures continued orderly development of our community. Elements of the Comprehensive Plan include balanced transportation network, land use, park master plan, greenway linkages and planned bikeways.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? Yes There are currently no transit routes on this street. While buses are not restricted from using the street currently or in the future, there will not be any bus stops designed or constructed until such time as the regional transit agency provides service along the corridor.
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
Mobility Aids:       
Transit Riders: Not Accommodated       Exception 3
JCT does not provide and has no planned transit service along this corridor.
Green Streets:       

Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 7440  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 1860  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2022
Source of Local Match: City of Overland Park General Fund and County Assistance Road System (CARS) funding.
Explain: Total eligible construction cost for STP funding is $9,300,000. (STP 80% = $7,440,000) (Local Match 20% = $1,860,000) Additional local funding of $4,262,000 for engineering, right of way, and utility relocation for a total project cost of $13,562,000.
Scope Change:
Cost Breakdown:
Highway: 94  %
Transit:   %
Bike: 4  %
Pedestrian: 2  %
Other:   %

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