Summary of State Avenue and Village West Parkway Intersection Improvements

Unified Government

Contact Information

Organization: Unified Government
Contact person: Bob Miller
Title: Vice President
Phone: 816.329.8751
Organization address: 2400 Pershing Road, Suite 400
  Kansas City, MO    64108

General Information

G8.1 Project title: State Avenue and Village West Parkway Intersection Improvements
G8.2 Project description: The gateway to the Village West shopping, entertainment, and tourism area is the State Avenue and Village West Parkway intersection. This intersection is the key intersection for this major activity hub in Wyandotte County. The Village West area experiences 85 significant traffic events each year and a more robust and multimodal intersection is needed to address existing and future needs. This intersection improvement project will provide pedestrian and bicycle access through the project limits as well as increase the capacity of the intersection. A shared use bridge over France Family will provide connectivity to Children’s Mercy Park and the Kansas Speedway. Pedestrian connectivity to the Cerner Complex and Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will also be enhanced.

The project will include adding a through lane on State Avenue, northbound left turn lane, right turn lanes on the north, south, and west approaches; and an additional westbound right turn.
G8.3 Project contact: Brent Thompson, PS, CPM
Director of Engineering
701 N. 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
G1. Project Type: Road & Bridge - Roadway Capacity
G2. Funding Stream: STP
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Kansas
G5. Project county: 1. Wyandotte
G6. Project municipality: 1. Unified Government
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? No
G8.4 Purpose and need: The project is being constructed to address traffic and pavement condition concerns in this highly developed area. The intersection is congested and the capacity needs to be increased. The project will also address connectivity in the project area for vehicles, buses, trucks, bicyclists, pedestrians, and mobility-aid users.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
State Avenue
West of France Family Drive
Interstate 435
0.5 miles along State Avenue and 0.5 miles along VWP
G10. Functional Classification: Minor Arterial
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? No   Decade:   --Select--
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
KDOT is planning a diverging diamond interchange at the State Avenue and I-435 interchange. This project will also include pedestrian connectivity across the previous I-435 barrier.
G13. Included in a CIP? No
The Unified Government is currently working on the next budget and this project will be added to the CIP. KDOT has completed the I-435 and State Avenue Study (KDOT Project No. 435-105 KA-3228-01) in November of 2017. KDOT Design staff is scheduled to be on the April KDOT Senior Management agenda to discuss moving forward with design of the DDI improvements at I-435.
G14. Planning stage: Preliminary Plan
G15. Reviewed by state DOT? Yes
G16. Right-of-Way acquisition: Not started
G17. ROW by local public agency process manual? Yes
G18. Other unique local goals and objectives? Yes
The project will include a gateway entrance to the Village West shopping, entertainment, and tourism area. Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity are a major objective of the project improvements.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: State Avenue and Village West Parkway are both transit routes serving Kansas City, Kansas. The routes provide mobility options for transportation disadvantaged populations that are more likely to rely on modes other than a personal vehicle. These routes also connect to three transit centers in Kansas City, Missouri thereby providing access to the greater Kansas City region. The pedestrian improvements provide first-mile/last-mile connectivity between the transit stops and multiple destinations with the Village West area.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: The intersection of State Avenue and Village West Parkway could ultimately be a single point urban interchange (SPUI). Two public meetings were held during the study phase along with individual meetings with business stakeholders. The public meetings were held at the Great Wolf Lodge which is on a transit route. Feedback from the public came in written form at the meeting or comments by email were also received for the "comment" period.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: Additional public meeting(s) will be held during design. The meetings will be located on or near transit routes.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living-------Compact, Walkable Centers--- Complete Street Design--------------- ------------Integrated Trail System--- ---------------- ---------------- Transit-Ready Corridors----Unique Community Characteristics
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: Following completion of this project and KDOTs project at I-435 and State Avenue, there will be a ten foot wide shared use path along State Avenue for several miles. The shared use path provides an important bicycle and pedestrian facility that connects to other paths in the area and encourages active, healthy living. The intersection will also serve as a unique gateway into the Village West area.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
State Avenue is a corridor within the Smart Moves initiative. The proposed improvements will include shared use path and sidewalks which will connect Cerner and other businesses to transit.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
High-Intensity and More_Walkable Centers The project will provide increased healthy environment with the addition of shared use paths. The project improves safe, multimodal access and connectivity to the entire Village West activity center. It is one of two primary access points to the area from I-435.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? Yes
I-435 is the western boundary of an Environmental Justice Tract. The proposed improvements to the intersection will improve access to the tract by improving pedestrian and cyclist access.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
The proposed intersection improvements will include additional through lanes and additional dedicated turn lanes resulting in an overall improved Level of Service and reduction in delay time at peak hours. Sidewalks and a shared use path will also promote transportation/connectivity with non-vehicular modes of transportation. The result is greenhouse gas and fuel consumption will decrease.
G27. Natural Resource information: A potential native landscaping and restoration within project right-of-way. The landscaping can serve both aesthetic and storm water management functions.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: The intersection improvement project is adjacent to a dedicated riparian easement area. The project is being designed to have no effect impact on this area.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: See attachment for currently undeveloped areas and the proposed land use projections.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
Mobility Aids:       
Transit Riders:       
Green Streets:       

Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 11200  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 2800  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2022
Source of Local Match: Debt
Explain: The Unified Government is currently in the budget process and this project will be added for year 2022.
Scope Change: N/A
Cost Breakdown:
Highway: 70  %
Transit: 1  %
Bike: 2  %
Pedestrian: 2  %
Other: 25  %

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John Hornbeck said...

This is an important project for active transportation on several levels. First, with major transit routes on State Avenue and Village West Parkway, this project has a Safe Routes to Transit element. Second, the integration of this and other projects will result in a ten foot wide shared use path along State Avenue for several miles. This will provide bicycle and pedestrian connections to other paths in the area and encourage increased physical activity for better health outcomes. It will also improve equity and access for a diverse group of neighborhoods to commercial areas and jobs. This project will be one additional building block for a more comprehensive active transportation network in the county.

4/27/2018 8:59:09 PM

Angela Markley said...

The pedestrian connectivity would be a great enhancement to this area. Currently, those who are at the Speedway, Casino, or Chateau are cut off from the other attractions by a large road that is difficult and dangerous to cross.

4/30/2018 12:54:14 PM

Rick Behrens said...

The improvement of this intersection and entry corridor is long overdue. As the entry point for the Legends it needs more capacity for autos, bicycles and pedestrians. There is currently no cycling infrastructure at the Legends. As a cyclist who often peddles through this intersection I believe the improvements would dramatically increase the opportunities for more bike/ped usage and spur more bike/led infrastructure throughout the development.

5/1/2018 6:17:34 AM

Jim Schraeder said...

Multimodal improvements to this highly used intersection are much needed and have been for quite a while. Improvements will have an extremely positive impact on not only the immediate area but the entire metro - and state - as well.

5/1/2018 6:29:20 PM

Wesley McKain said...

There are major attractions in Village West that attract a high volume of traffic. Improving this bottleneck would be hugely beneficial. Im extra glad, from a public health perspective, that it is also addressing the needs of non-vehicular traffic that would cross the busy intersection.

5/2/2018 11:49:26 AM

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