Summary of Truman Connect


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: Truman Connect
G8.2 Project description: The project will create a multi-modal spine along major streets in western Independence connecting transportation users of all types along 7.5 miles of roadway. It includes the 40 Highway Complete Streets Phase 2 project between Sterling and Blue Ridge, which will complete pedestrian and bicycle improvements. A road diet on Sterling would create a three-lane street, with a center turn lane, and bicycle lanes. There would be pedestrian and transit improvements. Traffic signals at the Sheley Road intersection will be replaced with a roundabout. Bicycle lanes would be installed on Winner, Lexington, Spring and Bess Truman Parkway to create connectivity to critical activity centers. The 24 Highway Complete Streets Phase 2 project is included from River to Kiger, completing pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
G8.3 Project contact: Kati Horner, City Engineer
G1. Project Type: Non-Motorized Transportation - Facilities and SRTS Infrastructure
G2. Funding Stream: STP TAP
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: The project makes multi-modal travel improvements to major streets in western Independence. Sidewalk and bicycle improvements would be completed along the entire 7.5 mile corridor completing two projects partially funded during the last selection cycle. Sterling would be reconstructed into a three lane street with a center turn lane, which will reduce turn lane related collisions which are prevalent along the corridor. Bicycle facilities will be installed on Sterling, Winner, Lexington, Spring and Bess Truman Parkway to connect the Englewood Arts District, Independence Square, and the Truman Library. Some transit stops will be improved along these streets. The project improves all forms of transportation along the 7.5 mile project route and provides multimodal options with respect to commuting to work for all people, which are placemaking and equity goal in TO2040.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
40 Hwy., Sterling , Winner Road, Spring , 24 Hwy.
40 Highway at Blue Ridge Cutoff
24 Highway at Kiger Road
7.5 miles
G10. Functional Classification: Principal Arterial
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? No   Decade:   --Select--
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
The 40 Highway Complete Streets Phase 2 part of the project improves a MetroGreen route on the 40 Highway Corridor. The project makes improvements to several types of travel on a connected street network that has direct access to several activity centers.
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
The 40 Highway Complete Streets Phase 1 and the 24 Highway Complete Streets Phase 1 were selected for partial funding during the last funding cycle. They are in the Citys 2018-2024 CIP. This project will complete the pedestrian and bicycle improvements along 40 Highway and 24 Highway. The Sterling Avenue Complete Streets traffic study has been funded and completed by the City.
G14. Planning stage: Conceptual Plan
G15. Reviewed by state DOT? No
G16. Right-of-Way acquisition: All acquired or none needed
G17. ROW by local public agency process manual? Yes
G18. Other unique local goals and objectives? Yes
The project addresses the Independence City Council goal to achieve livability, choice, access, health, and safety through a quality-built environment. The project improves multimodal travel along a street system that connects several important activity centers: the 40 Highway commercial corridor, the Englewood Arts District, the Independence Square, the Truman Library, and the 24 Highway commercial corridor. The Sterling Avenue improvements change a four lane street into a three lane street, including a center turn lane and bike lanes. Sterling has a high number of accidents and the improvements will improve safety. The project connects into a larger transportation system and current projects including the 40 Highway and 24 Highway Complete Streets, the Mill Creek Trail next to the Truman Library, the National Park Service Historic Trail Retracement project and the Truman Depot and Pacific Trail project.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: The project improves travel options for transportation disadvantaged populations. Travel systems will be improved and safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and drivers. The project provides travel connections to important activity centers. The sidewalk system will be completed and pedestrian crossing improvements will be made at signalized intersection. Bicycle facilities will be built. There are 60 transit stops along the route, so the project will improve continuous access to transit. The project will make the City well-connected and lead to opportunities for residents to age in place regardless of transportation disadvantages.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: The project need and desired improvements have been discussed with business owners. Residents have expressed safety concerns and high accident rates along Sterling. The project makes different forms of travel safer. The project was presented to the Independence City Council and support was given to pursue project funding.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: Project information will be provided on the Citys website and in the monthly newsletter to residents. The public will be invited to provide input during the project development. If selected for STP funding, the LPA process will be followed including public hearings to meet with the public in order to provide information, display plans with details at various properties, answer questions, and take comments.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living---Age in Place---Compact, Walkable Centers--- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network---Context Appropriate Streets------- ------------Integrated Trail System--- ------------Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- ----Repair Strip Corridors----------- Transit-Ready Corridors-----
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: The bicycle, pedestrian, and transit improvements enhance active transportation. Pedestrian improvements enhance walkable access to the activity centers along the route. This is a complete streets project that improves travel using multi-modal options. The 40 Highway pedestrian improvements are along a MetroGreen route. The project will have a connection to the existing Rock Creek Trail. The project improves a section of the National Park Service Historic Trail. It makes a connection to the Pacific Trail that will be built in 2019 with the Truman Depot improvements. There are commercial development strips along 40 Highway, Sterling, and 24 Highway, that will have improved access by the project.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
The project implements concepts from a Planning Sustainable Places study in Independence. The study suggested transportation choice concepts that are part of the project. These are building a connected street network, using a complete streets design, and by improving streets in a context appropriate manner. The project also improves a location from the Creating Sustainable Places initiative for 40 Highway at Blue Ridge Cutoff. This location would have a complete streets improvement in the project. This project will promote walkability via connection to existing sidewalks. The use of public transit is supported by creating better pedestrian/cycle access to existing bus routes. Bicyclists would have dedicated on-street bike lanes.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
High-Intensity and More_Walkable Centers This project improves transportation to several activity centers. The activity centers are along 40 Highway, at Sterling and 23rd Street, the Englewood Arts District, the Independence Square(including a number of historic and cultural sites), the Truman Library, and the 24 Highway commercial area. It will provide continuous multi-modal improvements along a connected street system that reaches all of these centers.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? Yes
The project improves access to and from environmental justice tracts. The project is within environmental justice tracts except for the section of Sterling between Sheley Road and 23rd Street. About 85 percent of the project is within environmental justice tracts Sidewalks, bike facilities and improved access to transit would be provided to zero-vehicle, low income, the disabled, minorities, veterans, and older adults along the entire 7.5 mile corridor. The project abuts businesses, a school, churches, residences, and historic destinations.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
The project would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of carbon based fuels by providing more transportation options. Facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders, would be improved. It would remove barriers for mobility and give pedestrians and bicyclists safer ways to travel. 40 Highway and 24 Highway are on the Operation Green Light system and the project improvements will improve travel along these streets. A traffic signal at the Sterling and Sheley Road intersection will be replaced with a roundabout. This will reduce idling traffic at the intersections and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The continuous center turn lane on Sterling would reduce stacking of idling vehicles behind other vehicles that are stopped and waiting to turn onto side streets or driveways in the existing through lanes. The greenhouse gas emission reduction supports the public health goal in Transportation Outlook 2040.
G27. Natural Resource information: The project improves existing streets within existing street rights of way. It should have minimal natural resource impacts. A tree survey will be completed. Bicycle facilities will be installed on existing pavement or shoulders. Sidewalks will be built with a small buffer between the curb and sidewalk. Street trees will be planted behind the sidewalk where appropriate.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: The project is in our Round Grove and Rock Creek watershed. Trees would be planted along the corridor as a restoration measure.The only new pavement areas are expected to be where missing sidewalk sections are completed. The 40 Highway project improvements would build a sidewalk and bicycle lane to create part of the MetroGreen trail.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: All of the streets to be improved are on the Citys thoroughfare plan. The improvements would follow the plans recommendations. The project complies with the completed plans for the Englewood Arts District and the Independence Square. The project will comply with the Independence Complete Streets policy.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No The project will be designed to meet APWA, MoDOT, and MUTCD, standards and specifications. The project will make pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and vehicular improvements and will comply with the MARC Complete Streets Policy. To the extent possible, the project will repurpose street and shoulder pavement areas to limit the amount of new impervious area. The project will have a street tree planting component.
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
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Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 6000  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 2100  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2021
TAP Federal amount: 500  (Thousands of $)
TAP Match amount: 170  (Thousands of $)
TAP Year requested: 2022
Source of Local Match: The local match will be provided from the Citys street sales tax fund. The street sales tax is funded with a one-half cent sales tax.
Explain: The City has a perpetual street sales tax that generates funding for transportation projects. Providing project matching funds for grant opportunities is an approved use of the funds.
Scope Change: The project has four components. These are the 40 Highway Complete Streets Phase 2 project, the Sterling Avenue Complete Streets project, the Englewood Arts District to the Truman Library Bicycle Improvements, and the 24 Highway Complete Streets project. Any or all of them could be selected for funding.
Cost Breakdown:
Highway: 30  %
Transit: 10  %
Bike: 30  %
Pedestrian: 30  %
Other:   %

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Brian Schultz said...

Truman Road and other connectors in Independence are in desperate need of improvement. The current model generally only takes into account auto traffic but many people need to walk, ride bikes, or use the bus in this area. In many places this is not possible. The Truman Road connector project would enhance transportation options for a large number of people in the city and will improve safety at the same time. Lack of connectivity is one of the biggest obstacles to economic development in the city at this time and project like this go a long way to addressing those needs.

4/18/2018 11:37:59 AM

Thomas C Bumgardner II said...

Improvements to intermodal transport in our city is something I commonly hear requested by people in the community. We have a number of great historic sites and shopping districts associated with the downtown Independence area, and tourists as well as residents would greatly make use of these improvements. I would really like to see it happen!

4/19/2018 1:58:04 PM

Cynthia R McClain said...

As a business owner in western Independence, mother of 6 and grandmother to 3, I am excited about the connectivity and saftey that this will bring to not only our businesses but to families in our area. Quality of life matters to all people and this is a great way to make our city inclusive and attractive. Thank you for you consideration! Sincerely, Cindy McClain

4/25/2018 4:00:56 PM

Linda Ellis Sims said...

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this project. I was born and raised in Independence, MO but most of my 33-year career was based in Houston. About 9 years ago, I got the opportunity to locate my job in the KC Metro and jumped at the chance. The GKC Region is a gem and Independence is a great place to live. As part of the KC Rising workgroup, I learned about the various projects/initiatives underway to improve our Region and improve its competitiveness vs other MSAs. The Truman Connect project that the City of Independence has proposed for consideration incorporates many of those features that are vital to our Region. As a resident, I love when family and friends come to town and I can show off our local history/heritage. What excites me most about this project is the inclusion of bike lanes and safer walking options not only for visitors but also for residents that commute by foot/bike. I love the idea of being able to bike between various museums, historical sites, restaurants if this project is approved. We travel a lot and these options are extremely common for residents/visitors and gives the feel of being in a modern city. In March, we visited Wichita, KS, Omaha, NE and Surprise, AZ and the walkability and biking options greatly enhanced our visitor experience and all three of these areas seem to be growing and thriving economically. In addition to the walking/biking additions, this provides much needed modernizations/safety improvements for both 40 Highway and Sterling.

5/4/2018 12:16:44 PM

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