Summary of Jackson Drive Extension


Contact Information

Organization: Independence
Contact person: John Powell
Title: Engineer
Phone: 8163257605
Organization address: 111 E. Maple
  Independence, MO    65050-0519

General Information

G8.1 Project title: Jackson Drive Extension
G8.2 Project description: The project involves constructing a collector street between 78 Highway and Truman Road. The current collector street traffic uses Holke Road and Jones Road, which are narrow two lane streets with many drive connections. It will improve safety and add capacity. The project will have a sidewalk along one side for pedestrian users. There will be a shared bicycle and pedestrian path along the other side of the street. A bridge over Spring Branch Creek will be a major project component. The street will be constructed to accommodate drivers of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses. It will improve travel safety and provide added capacity for future development. When completed, the new road would direct north/southbound traffic off existing local streets and give an alternate route for M-291 Highway.
G8.3 Project contact: Kati Horner, City Engineer
G1. Project Type: Road & Bridge - Roadway Capacity
G2. Funding Stream: STP
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Missouri
G5. Project county: 1. Jackson
G6. Project municipality: 1. Independence
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? No
G8.4 Purpose and need: There is a need and desire to improve north and south moving traffic in eastern Independence. Holke Road and Jones Road act as collector streets and are shown as collector streets on the functional classification map. Both Holke and Jones are narrow streets with roadside ditches and many drive connections. A relocated collector street, Jackson Drive, would be built in this project. Jackson Drive would be a three lane street between 78 Highway and Truman Road. It would have a sidewalk and shared bicycle/pedestrian path. The new street will improve safety by limiting drive and intersection connections. The project supports economic vitality for the Little Blue Valley, provides multi-modal access by implementing complete street design, and opens up about 3,000 acres of undeveloped land for development. The project is an extension of the ARRA funded phase of Jackson Drive from Holke Road to 78 Highway.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
Jackson Drive
78 Highway
Truman Road
0.70 miles
G10. Functional Classification: Minor Arterial
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? Yes   Decade:   2010
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? No
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
The project is currently being designed and right of way acquisition activities are underway. The Citys thoroughfare plan shows Jackson Drive being completed from the Little Blue Parkway to 24 Highway. This project would complete one of the unfinished pieces. Jackson Drive will address the need for additional north/south major streets east of M-291 Highway.
G14. Planning stage: Preliminary Plan
G15. Reviewed by state DOT? No
G16. Right-of-Way acquisition: In process
G17. ROW by local public agency process manual? Yes
G18. Other unique local goals and objectives? Yes
The project improves traffic safety and access to the Centerpoint Medical Center at Jackson Drive and 39th Street. It provides better access to Blue River Community College. Jackson Drive is part of the Citys adopted thoroughfare plan. It is being done in phases, with the phases from the Little Blue Parkway to 78 Highway already completed. The project is shown as project number 359 in the Transportation Outlook 2040 plan.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: The Jackson Drive project will benefit the transportation disadvantaged population. The street will be widened, have a center turn lane for safety, and have improved lighting and pavement markings. These features improve safety for all users. The sidewalk and shared bicycle/pedestrian path will provide safe means of travel for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project will provide a direct connection to the transit services at the Blue River Community College.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: Jackson Drive has been a community goal for decades. It was constructed from the Little Blue Parkway to 78 Highway. There were public meetings about the project and funding options. Jackson Drive has been part of the Citys street sales tax program that was approved by a public vote. The public is engaged about public improvement projects through the Citys website, the monthly CityScene newsletter and local government television channel. The project was presented to the Independence City Council and support was given to pursue federal funding.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: The project has been discussed with the impacted property owners individually. There will be a public meeting during the final plan development.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living----------- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network---Context Appropriate Streets------- ------------Integrated Trail System--- ---------------- ---------------- Transit-Ready Corridors-----
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: The active transportation criteria is being addressed by including a sidewalk and a shared bicycle/pedestrian path. These features also address the complete street design criteria. Jackson Drive will provide a connected street network since other phases have been constructed from the Little Blue Parkway to 78 Highway. Future phases are anticipated to extend the street to Bundschu Road to complete the collector street throughout Independence. Jackson Drive will be built in an appropriate context with the adjacent land uses. The street alignment and elevations have been carefully planned to minimize any conflicts with the adjacent properties. All phases of Jackson Drive have been built with a shared bicycle/pedestrian path. This is part of an integrated trail system. The bridge over the creek will provide space for the Metrogreen trail along Spring Branch Creek. The project would give an improved and more direct access to transit facilities at the community college.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? No
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
High-Intensity and More_Walkable Centers High Intensity and More Walkable Centers. The project is adjacent to two activity centers. The Blue River Community College is at the southern end of the project. A mixed land use center is in the area north of 78 Highway near the Truman Road intersection. The center contains a business park, the Independence Power and Light facilities, and the Barbour Concrete business. Jackson Drive will provide improved access to both of these centers. It will promote additional developments in this area.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? No
Jackson Drive between 78 Highway and Truman Road is not within environmental justice tracts. However, it provides a safe and direct collector street for all residents wanting to travel north or south. Residents currently must use narrow two lane streets with roadside ditches.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
Completing Jackson Drive would reduce congestion on M-291 Highway and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by idling during peak hours of traffic on this highway. M-291 Highway is on the Congestion Management Network. Air quality would also be improved by reducing emissions caused by local traffic because people could choose to walk or bicycle to their destinations instead of using cars.
G27. Natural Resource information: The project involves constructing a bridge over Spring Branch Creek. There is a floodplain that would be crossed. Also, some wetlands would be within the project limits. The bridge would be designed and built to minimize the floodplain impact and would not increase flood elevations. The wetlands will be delineated. If possible, any wetland impacts would be mitigated as part of the construction project. A trail is shown on the MetroGreen master plan along Spring Branch Creek. The trail crossing under the bridge will be part of the project design.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: The project will be designed and built to minimize any impacts to floodplains and wetlands. It is expected that disturbed areas near the creek crossing will be restored with native plants and some tree replacements. A trail along the creek is planned that would have a future connection to the Little Blue Trace Park Trail. The Jackson Drive project would provide for space to construct the trail in the future.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: Jackson Drive is part of the Citys adopted thoroughfare plan. It is one of the projects pursued in the local street sales tax program.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No The project design guidelines rely on APWA and MoDOT standards and specifications. Complete Streets have been considered in developing the project design criteria. A sidewalk is being provided for pedestrian use. A shared use bicycle/pedestrian path is being provided for bicyclists. Transit access was reviewed as part of the street alignment decisions. The project has a creek crossing and some wetland impacts. The project will include native plantings near the creek and some tree replacements. A project goal is to mitigate any wetland impacts as part of the project.
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
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Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 5100  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 1729  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2022
Source of Local Match: The Citys matching funds would be from the local street sales tax fund.
Explain: Independence has a one-half cent street sales tax that generates funding to match grant funding. The street sales tax funds would be used for the local match, project design, and land acquisition.
Scope Change: The project cannot be phased. The biggest project component is a new bridge in the middle of the project.
Cost Breakdown:
Highway: 65  %
Transit: 5  %
Bike: 15  %
Pedestrian: 15  %
Other:   %

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Jill Getman said...

Residents would love and greatly benefit from an alternative to 291. Holke and Jones are narrow streets with no walking capability. Jackson Drive would be utilized by vehicles and exercisers!

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