Summary of Metcalf 2.0 - Complete Streets Improvement

Miami County

Contact Information

Organization: Miami County
Contact person: J.R. McMahon
Title: Road and Bridge Director
Phone: 913-294-4377
Organization address: 23765 W 327th St
  Paola, KS    66071

General Information

G8.1 Project title: Metcalf 2.0 - Complete Streets Improvement
G8.2 Project description: Metcalf Road is a crucial corridor as a major collector street in Louisburg which is currently maintained by Miami County. The current activity center includes Broadmoor Elementary School, Louisburg Middle School, Louisburg Athletic Club, pharmacy, church, cafe, convenience store, police station, fire station, shopping districts, businesses as well as residential neighborhoods. The planned work includes roadway curb and gutter upgrade as well as new integrated trail east along Metcalf Road from S. 2nd to W. 287th Street and sidewalk west along Metcalf Road from S. 2nd Street to S. 10th Street. Also included are upgrades to two crossings at S. 5th Street and Thomas Drive. This integrated trail will connect to the existing integrated trail around Louisburg Lake. The roadway upgrades include curb and gutter design with vegetated buffers which is planned to tie in at the recently improved intersection at Amity Street (K-68) intersection south to W. 287th.

G8.3 Project contact: J.R. McMahon, Miami County Road & Bridge Director
phone: 913-294-4377, email:
Road & Bridge Facility, 23765 W. 327th St., Paola, KS 66071
Mailing Address: 201 S. Pearl, Suite 203, Paola, KS 66071

G1. Project Type: Road & Bridge - Roadway Operations
G2. Funding Stream: STP
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Kansas
G5. Project county: 1. Miami
G6. Project municipality: 1. Louisburg
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? Yes
The project is planned as project to receive funding from the next Miami County quarter-cent sales tax.
G8.4 Purpose and need: Residential areas have developed across highway K-68 from the schools into which these new residential areas feed. The pedestrian path between these residential areas and the schools is currently informal at best, creating a dangerous situation for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. To alleviate this danger, Metcalf 2.0 proposes an integrated walking/biking trail, separated and protected from the street by landscape buffers, and demarcated points to cross Metcalf Road using pedestrian refuge islands and traffic calming measures. This project plans to connect the many neighborhoods along this corridor both one mile south of highway K-68. These measures will provide safety, access and peace of mind for parents and children walking and biking to school as well as motorists passing through Louisburg.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
Metcalf Road
Highway K-68 (Amity Street)
W. 287th Street
G10. Functional Classification: Collector
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? No   Decade:   --Select--
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? No
G13. Included in a CIP? No
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
While not directly identified in the Transportation Outlook 2040, the proposed Metcalf Road improvements in Miami County, specifically Louisburg, is a context‐sensitive solution for the growing community at a current activity center. The City of Louisburg and Miami County have analyzed the local traffic flow, pedestrian and bicycle routes. Metcalf Road has been identified as an area where improvement would benefit all users where over three-fifths of the Louisburg populations resides. Recent improvements have been made to the Metcalf Road intersection at Amity Street (Highway K-68) as well as the Broadway Street downtown revitalization. Over seven blocks of incremental improvement have taken place within Louisburg such that each additional connected improvement serves as a value multiplier.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: By securing the pedestrian transit to and from elementary and middle schools, Metcalf 2.0 will aid zero-car households and individuals with disabilities in their primary and secondary education. This project will provide even greater connectivity between other residential and commercial areas in Louisburg that are experiencing growth and development which would multiply the benefits for these same populations.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: The public and community was engaged during the development of the Louisburg Master Trail Plan (12/18/17). Surveys were completed by residents during various community events. The survey collected information about active transportation use (pedestrian, cyclist), deterrents to active transportation, residence location, walking/biking destinations and priority improvements needed. Surveys were available at City Hall, the school districts Back-to-School Week, Price Chopper grocery store, Senior Center, Chamber Connections meetings and high school football games. Feedback from this survey identified Metcalf Road south of Amity Street (highway K-68) as a high priority corridor for improvement in the short term. The City of Louisburg has been involved in the project concept development. The Citys feedback has aligned initial aspects of the project with the findings of the Master Trail Plan public engagement.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: The public engagement process utilized for the Master Trail Plan would be further utilized in developing the project particularly for project phase considerations and prioritizing improvement features. The school district calendar will be consulted to align critical construction phases with school closings if needed.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living---Age in Place---Compact, Walkable Centers--- Complete Street Design-------Context Appropriate Streets------- ----Green Infrastructure-------Integrated Trail System--- ----Natural Resources Protection-------Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- ------------Strong Suburban Downtown--- ----Tree PreservationUnique Community Characteristics
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: Pedestrian/Cyclist access to recreational center, educational center, residential center & commercial center. Routes for mobility aid users to access pharmacy and community center. Four activity centers in 1 mile of roadway. Blub outs, pedestrian island, traffic calming, vegetated buffers. Native flora, bio-swale detention, vegetated buffers, connection to Louisburg Lake. Trail for active transportation along east side of Metcalf Road. Safe access for active transportation users, pedestrian refuge island, curb extensions. Diverse destinations allowing for all transportation modes. Preserve mature trees at Louisburg Lake. Value multiplier for all users & transportation modes, natural assets for vibrancy.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
Metcalf 2.0 implements the Planning Sustainable Places elements as the central purpose and goal. The community currently demonstrates high utilization of this corridor though the current physical layout and infrastructure were not originally planned as a sustainable place. Through a detailed assessment of the Louisburg community transportation routes and destinations, all transportation modes and users of Metcalf Road will benefit from an improved, planned roadway with traffic calming measures and driver awareness of active transportation users. The improvements further seek to provide safe access to common destinations for mobility aid users and zero car households.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
High-Intensity and More_Walkable Centers This project will directly serve the Louisburg Activity Center by increasing walkability and connectivity throughout the Metcalf corridor, and thereby increasing the connected appeal of the area and incorporating vibrant vegetated buffers along the corridor.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? No
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
Metcalf 2.0 will reduce greenhouse gas emissions/fossil fuel consumption by enabling/encouraging bicycling and walking relatively short distances that might otherwise be driven because of safety or accessibility concerns. This sentiment was further confirmed from the public engagement feedback
G27. Natural Resource information: The project conserves and restores the native flora and habitats of the local fauna in bio-swales and vegetated buffers along the corridor. The mature riparian vegetation at Louisburg Lake will be preserved.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: The project creates all users access to Louisburg Lake and Louisburg Lake Trail, a scenic and natural environment whose features are planned to continue northward along Metcalf Road with designed, sustainable vegetated buffers and bio-swales with native flora.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: Louisburg Master Trail Plan (2017)
Louisburg Future Land Use Map (2009)
K-68 Corridor Management Plan (2009)
Louisburg Current Zoning Map (2014)
Louisburg Downtown Revitalization Plan (2014)
Miami County Comprehensive Plan (2015)
Louisburg Downtown Broadway Proposal (2016)
Miami County Current Zoning Map (2016)

G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No Metcalf 2.0 will incorporate a pedestrian refuge island at S. 5th Street, LED-flashing signs at the crosswalks (S. 5th Street and Thompson Drive), integrated trail with vegetated buffers along the roadway, bio-swales with native flora for drainage detention, traffic calming curb extensions, ADA sidewalk ramps, safe routes for pedestrians, bicyclists and mobility-aid users, access to and from activity centers.
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
Mobility Aids:       
Transit Riders: Not Accommodated   Exception 1   
Louisburg Area Senior Citizens Center has an on-call transit service though it currently only operates on an as-needed, as-scheduled basis.
Green Streets:       

Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 3608  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 902  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2022
Source of Local Match: Miami County quarter cent sales tax.
Explain: Metcalf Road is currently maintained by Miami County. This corridor improvement is eligible to receive funding from the current and future Miami County quarter cent sales tax revenue.
Scope Change: The project scope would focus on the intersection at S. 5th Street as an initial phase of the project. A subsequent phase would be the roadway, trail and sidewalk from S. 2nd Street to N. 10th Street. The final phase would encompass Metcalf roadway and trail south of S. 10th Street to W. 287th Street.
Cost Breakdown:
Highway:   %
Transit:   %
Bike: 25  %
Pedestrian: 25  %
Other: 50  %

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phil dixon said...

Living in the Louisburg area for the past 48 years I feel this is the best project for the safety of our community since moving here. I hope you will consider the project and give the help needed for the young and old alike. The children I see going to school bothers me in that the danger of kids riding there bikes or even walking along Metcalf is at a point I cant watch. Thanks for any consideration.

4/6/2018 6:37:46 PM

Sharon Murphy said...

I work at the middle school and we have a lot of students who walk or ride their bikes to school. Having sidewalks along Metcalf will bring a peace of mind to staff and parents whose children usually walk or ride along the edge or in the ditches to get to school. This is scary for the child and the drivers. Also, my husband and his guide dog would be able to walk to town safer. Currently, he stays close to home because walking the safest way is through neighborhoods and along roads with no sidewalks to speak of.

4/19/2018 10:18:12 AM

Lee Baer said...

Great streets and roadways are a key economic driver for communities and the Metcalf Road Complete Street Project in Miami County/Louisburg would be of enormous benefit to not only the City of Louisburg, but to Miami County as a whole. This portion of roadway from S. 2nd Street to W. 287th Street is a main thoroughfare through the city. The safety along Metcalf Road could be greatly improved with this project, including the school children who walk along or cross at 5th Street. MARC will receive many projects, but few as impactful as this one would be.

4/21/2018 3:55:21 PM

Doug Key said...

It is about time. Time to start thinking big picture rather than band aides.

4/22/2018 2:50:12 PM

Rebecca A. Golba said...

My husband, Charles, and I would like to see this project completed mainly for flood control and beautification, but also for the trail connection, since we use it quite often.

4/27/2018 9:57:29 AM

Lori Cutshaw said...

I feel this project is a needed improvement to our community and the safety of our children. If you have ever driven in the before and after school traffic, you realize quickly how hard it is to watch for all the kids walking, other cars and bicyclist. The project would be beneficial for our children, but to the general public at large.

5/2/2018 10:47:56 AM

Jacob Bell said...

This would benefit all citizens of Louisburg but especially the kids going to and from school. Runners and walkers would greatly benefit from the added safety this improvement would provide as well.

5/2/2018 11:01:46 AM

Kelsey Dean said...

Yes, please continue this project to add more sidewalk to Louisburg, KS! Our family lives on the North side of Broadway, which has no sidewalks. We walk/bike in the street, which I feel is unsafe even when I am with my child. Soon my child will be biking/walking to school, and it is scary to think they will be walking on a busy street if the sidewalk project is not funded. We live less than 1/4 mile from the local library, and it is safer to drive than to walk there, which is unfortunate that we cannot walk to such a public location without being afraid for our safety. We also have to dash across a the main busy street (Amity, Rt 68) to get to the library or to school. Children deserve a safe place to walk to school, the local library, the pool, etc. Not only is this an excellent way to get physical activity, it is also a way for children to have safer access to public resources.

5/2/2018 11:33:13 AM

Joseph Keefhaver said...

This would be a most welcome improvement to Louisburg. In particular, the sidewalks are needed.

5/2/2018 2:10:52 PM

James Keltner said...

Sidewalks would be nice on Metcalf. It is a challenging walk now without sidewalks.

5/2/2018 3:03:21 PM

Kimberly Payton said...

I think this project addresses a long-time deficiency in our community, so I applaud all involved in this project! Children who walk/bike to school will be able to do so safely. Sidewalks connect our community, and making areas safely accessible is so important!

5/2/2018 3:26:24 PM

Anthony said...

Lets make this happen! We need these updates in town. This has been a long time coming!

5/2/2018 4:05:46 PM

Nicole Burk said...

Looking forward to having side walks in town. I hope to see this improvement also be considered for the rest of the town. Especially the older parts of town where there are no side walks or they are in serious need of repair.

5/2/2018 4:50:58 PM

Joel Viterna said...

This connection is a wonderful idea! Once of the best places in Louisburg is the Louisburg Lake and trail system, along with fishing, play area, and picnic area. The entire community should be able to access this gem without needing to drive to it. Trails and sidewalks would allow familys to ride bikes to the park for fun. Runners/Walkers could expand their movements beyond just the circle around the lake. It also adds much safety for those that walk/run this stretch now but are forced to be on the busy road or run on rough/dangerous shoulder areas. This is a huge win for the city...connecting community!

5/2/2018 5:52:26 PM

Deanell Wieland said...

This will be such a benefit to connect the Louisburg community, especially kids who walk or bike to school, but also others who would like to walk to work or into town for errands, to exercise, etc more safely.

5/2/2018 8:37:30 PM

Mary Quinn said...

This project would be a tremendous improvement for our town. We have a great community but our town is not an inviting place for safe walking and biking paths. Please support the project.

5/3/2018 9:00:04 AM

Foy G. Egbert said...

Great plan! The safety of pedestrians along Metcalf should be a high priority. Anything we can do to keep kids safe and to promote a more active community is a great thing - and very necessary.

5/3/2018 6:32:00 PM

Thorvald McKiearnan said...

This is a much needed project for our community. The safety it would add for pedestrians using this area is immense, especially considering that the majority of them are kids going to and from school. During storms the water doesnt drain properly from the street and this project will improve that as well.

5/4/2018 7:03:28 AM

Travis Thompson said...

Completion of this sidewalk and trails plan would greatly assist with our communitys pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Our city has done a great job of utilizing financial resources to their fullest, stretching every dollar to fulfill project requirements. Pairing this crucial need with the financial and organizational acumen of our city staff will allow for another successful project partnership.

5/4/2018 2:56:30 PM

Becky Bowes said...

In my opinion every phase of this project needs to be completed if possible. We have a lot of walkers in our community and are limited on safe routes. We also are getting more students walking and riding bikes to school that need safe sidewalks. Please consider the safety for all and help Louisburg become more walker friendly.

5/4/2018 3:54:11 PM

Jean Carder said...

Please see the story the local newspaper, The Miami County Republic, ran in this weeks issue on this project and the Louisburg bike/ped trail project. This tells the story about a local veteran who is trapped in his neighborhood because of loss of vision and lack of sidewalks.

5/4/2018 4:55:37 PM

Kalee Smith said...

This is much needed and long overdue!

5/4/2018 5:48:24 PM

Sherri Chase said...

Metcalf is a very busy roadway and so dangerous for people to walk along. Theres a school nearby and many children live near this area. It would be much safer for all with sidewalks.

5/4/2018 9:19:18 PM

George Bazin said...

This project would be a welcome addition to the Louisburg community especially considering the new incoming Metcalf access from Broadmoor Elementary School at 8th & Metcalf. A students safety when traveling to/from school should be a priority and these proposed improvements would help in that regard. It would also improve access to community events like the annual fishing derby. In summary, more connectivity will only improve the close-knit community feel that Louisburg is known for and thrives on.

5/5/2018 11:54:18 AM

Steve Town said...

I grew up and live in Louisburg. US 69 Highway back in the day is now Metcalf Rd and was the major link between the KC/OP areas and the cities of Fort Scott and Pittsburg, Ks and Oklahoma. There has been the usual minimal upkeep throughout the years, but it needs a complete overhaul. This project is needed for the connectivity and safety of our Louisburg citizens, general public and visitors. By adding sidewalks, curb and gutter streets and intersections, a safe means of pedestrian accessibility, traffic control and the handling of storm water will be provided for our community. This project would benefit a major school zone crossing, multiple businesses, access to multiple parks & churches,our public safety facilities and access to downtown Louisburg. Your interest, consideration and assistance on this project is greatly needed and appreciated. Thank You.

5/7/2018 9:44:23 AM

rob roberts said...

Louisburg ks is a growing community with a strong school system. the improvement of Metcalf and adding sidewalks thoughout this proposed section provides the needed safety enhancements for the cities school children to and from Louisburg schools thank you for your consideration rob roberts

5/7/2018 10:41:10 AM

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