Summary of Colbern Road - Douglas Street to MO 350 Hwy

Lees Summit

Contact Information

Organization: Lees Summit
Contact person: Michael Park
Title: City Traffic Engineer
Phone: 816-969-1800
Organization address: 220 SE Green Street
  Lees Summit, MO    64063

General Information

G8.1 Project title: Colbern Road - Douglas Street to MO 350 Hwy
G8.2 Project description: Improve and widen an existing, narrow, two lane, no shoulder, open ditch, roadway without multi-modal accommodations to include addition lanes, sidewalk, shared-use path, lighting, curb, etc. The existing bridge over the UPRR will require modification for pedestrian/bicycle access or a separate bridge constructed as part of the project for shared use path. The roadway condition is deficient and requires additional capacity for current and projected traffic demand. The project will improve safety, accessibility and capacity as well as support planned economic activity.
G8.3 Project contact: Michael Park, PE, PTOE, ENV-SP
City Traffic Engineer
City of Lees Summit, MO
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. Lees Summit 2. Unity Village 3. Jackson County
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? No
The project will be locally funded by Lees Summit through an approved 1/2 cent sales tax. However, potential project partners may provide funds from Unity Village, Jackson County and/or MoDOT considering a portion of the project is within Unity Village, historically maintained by Jackson County, and connects to MoDOT intersections/interchanges. A portion of the project was improved at the western limits by MoDOT with major bridge maintenance in the last two years. Another portion of the project was improved, including the construction of a roundabout at the Blue Pkwy intersection, within the project limits in coordination and shared funds between Unity Village and Lees Summit within the last 10 years.
G8.4 Purpose and need: The project proposes to enhance safety, expand capacity, encourage economic activity, and accommodate non-motorized transportation. Capacity is limited and projected demand within the next 10 years models unacceptable level of service operations. The roadway already has an urban five lane section to the east and west of the project limits. There are currently no accommodations for non-motorized transportation and the route is part of MARC MetroGreen and MARC Regional Bikeway Plan as well as the local Greenway Plan and local Bicycle Transportation Plan. Adjacent areas south of Colbern Road were annexed into Lees Summit more recently from Unity Village for economic development opportunities. The corridor is regionally significant, extending from 7 Highway in Kansas to 7 Highway in Missouri (95th Street/Bannister Road/Colbern Road) parallel to Interstate 435.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
Colbern Road
MO 350 Highway
Douglas Street
G10. Functional Classification: Minor Arterial
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? No   Decade:   --Select--
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
This project implements a coordinated City of Lees Summit and Unity Village annexation and development plan. The project also implements a portion of the MARC Regional Bikeway Plan and connects to the RideKC Smart Moves Plan.
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
The funding for this project was approved by a 1/2 sales tax measure in April 2017. The accumulation of project funds will begin in April 2018 and the City Capital Improvement Plan 2019-2023 will be adopted prior to July 2018 with the inclusion of this project showing the expenditure of project costs. This project is also included in the City Comprehensive Plan (e.g. Thoroughfare Master Plan).
G14. Planning stage: Conceptual 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? Yes
The City annexed property along the corridor, including Colbern Road, from Unity Village in December 2011 to support an economic development plan and new regional activity center. This project promotes local goals in support of that economic development plan. Implementing that plan requires improvements to Colbern Road. A portion of those improvements near Blue Parkway and the relocation of Blue Parkway in a coordinated and cost shared effort has already been completed. Implementation of this project will further the Citys Citizens Strategic Plan, Thoroughfare Plan and Multi-Modal Plan goals.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: This project will have a positive impact on disadvantaged populations through improved access to non-motorized transportation options. There is low income multi-family housing along the corridor and the project provides direct access to environmental justice tracts. The project will also encourage mixed-use land development to create new activity centers and enhance existing regional activity centers within a mile nearby.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: The project and its scope of work has been discussed in public at City Council Committee meetings, City Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings and at citizen advisory board meetings. It was discussed as a improvement condition for continued development when the road and land annexation occurred several years ago. It was further discussed in public hearings associated with the Thoroughfare Master Plan update and amendment. The project was then discussed with the elected officials and citizens in association with a sales tax ballot measure throughout 2016 and 2017. The election measure had conceptual plan discussion with residents and various community organizations (e.g. Chamber, EDC, HOAs, Clubs, Etc.) as part of a large community education campaign for the project tax vote. The improvements were referenced during the creation of market target areas for economic development and associated development plan adjacent to Colbern Road. Lastly, the project has been reviewed in public as an STP project application priority. These discussions garnered overwhelming public support and approval of project funds.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: Ongoing public engagement for project delivery would occur through additional public meetings, individual stakeholder meetings, website, social media, and other electronic media surveys and releases. In particular, public outreach for disadvantaged populations is typically provided through direct/coordinated personal contacts, on-site organized gatherings and social media outreach (e.g. Citys Facebook and Twitter feeds). Others that would likely engage the project during the design process include the
Economic Development Council, Unity Village, Chamber of Commerce, Parks Department, and any applicable organizations associated with the facilities planned along the project or land development adjacent to the project.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living----------- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network---Context Appropriate Streets---Diverse Housing Types--- ----Green Infrastructure-------Integrated Trail System--- ----Natural Resources Protection----------- --------Retail/Rooftop Relationships------- Transit-Ready Corridors---Tree PreservationUnique Community Characteristics
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: Supports economic development, active living, network connectivity and complete streets. Enhance access to existing multi-family housing. Connect residences to adjacent retail and other employment centers. The corridor would better accommodate transit and touches the RideKC Smart Moves Plan at the east end. The area is well treed and preservation to the extent practicable would be pursued to maintain the desired landscape (development along Colbern markets a "Corporate Woods" comparison). Natural resource protection is an important element of the project, especially clean water, with streams crossing Colbern. Street design would be context appropriate with multi-modal elements. Green infrastructure would be implemented as appropriate, similar to the storm water approach used on the adjoining Blue Pkwy that intersects the project and included a roundabout along Colbern. The project connects a critical street network across multiple jurisdictions and parallels the interstate.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? No
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
High-Intensity and More_Walkable Centers The project is adjacent to and provides direct access for existing activity centers and promotes continued development of nearby planned activity centers.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? Yes
There is an environmental justice tract adjacent to the project at the interchange of Colbern Road/Bannister Road and MO 350 Highway (immediately west of the project limit). The entire area surrounding the project was an identified environmental justice tract no more than 3 years ago. A low-income multi-family residential use is located adjacent to the project.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
The project will provide non-motorized transportation facilities that do not otherwise exist. The project will reduce traffic congestion and delay not only along the corridor, but beyond the corridor as a more efficient alternative route to regional access. The project does not generate new trips, but better accommodates traffic and more fuel efficient operating conditions.
G27. Natural Resource information: Protection and preservation of storm water quality. Tree conservation and maintenance of the natural landscape along the corridor. The area surrounding the project is identified as a high conservation and high restoration priority on the MARC conservation and restoration maps.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: The watershed and Little Cedar Creek within the project limits is a vital resource for water to Unity Village and must be protected. The area surrounding the project is a high conservation and high restoration priority on the MARC Natural Resource Inventory.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: The Lees Summit Comprehensive Plan and associated Thoroughfare Master Plan (TFMP) include and support the project. The project is recommended in the TFMP as a high priority considering the capacity and condition deficiencies. The multi-modal elements of the project are also supported in the Citys Bicycle Transportation Plan and Greenway Master Plan. The project has been identified in the City Councils strategic planning for economic development target areas and considered in the nearby land use plan for property annexed into Lees Summit within the last several years in support of development interests.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No The city will follow its adopted Complete Streets policy, which is consistent with the MARC Complete Streets policy, and utilize industry best design practices referenced in those policies for the consideration of multi-modal facilities/accommodations in the project. The project will reference MARC regional multi-modal plans (MetroGreen Plan, Pedestrian Policy Plan and Bikeway Plans) and local Bicycle Transportation Plan, local Pedestrian Sidewalk Plans and local Greenway Master Plan. Green infrastructure techniques similar to those constructed along Blue Pkwy intersecting the project corridor and other applications in MARCs Green Infrastructure Playbook will be referenced. No exception to complete streets policy elements will be required.
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Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 8000  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 2000  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2021
Source of Local Match: CIP Sales Tax.
Explain: The project is locally funded by a 1/2 cent CIP sales tax approved in April 2017 for a 15 year period.
Scope Change:
Cost Breakdown:
Highway: 65  %
Transit:   %
Bike: 15  %
Pedestrian: 20  %
Other:   %

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