Summary of Wornall Route to School Complex

Excelsior Springs

Contact Information

Organization: Excelsior Springs
Contact person: Molly McGovern
Title: City Manager
Phone: 816-630-0752
Organization address: 201 E. Broadway
  Excelsior Springs, MO    64024

General Information

G8.1 Project title: Wornall Route to School Complex
G8.2 Project description: Scope provides continuous sidewalk by adding missing link along the north side of Wornall Road between Crownhill Road and Lodwick Lane. The missing link provides a complete connection between activity centers/neighborhoods that does not exist now; provides an alternative form of direct, safe non-motorized travel. The project route is heavily traveled and lacks adequate facilities necessary for the safety of all users. The sidewalk to be constructed will be 1400 LF in length, 4-8 feet wide and constructed of concrete. There are numerous obstacles along this alignment impacting the proposed width (power poles, fire hydrants, mail boxes and driveways). The driveways provide a wide passing zone at adequate intervals along the length of sidewalk to facilitate two-way traffic as needed. Improvements will also improve drainage and divert storm water to a collection system replacing the current ditch and culvert under each driveway.
G8.3 Project contact: Molly McGovern, City Manager, City of Excelsior Springs, 201 E. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024; 816-630-0752;
G1. Project Type: Non-Motorized Transportation - Facilities and SRTS Infrastructure
G2. Funding Stream: STP
G3. TIP Number: NA
G4. State: Missouri
G5. Project county: 1. Clay
G6. Project municipality: 1. Excelsior Springs
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? No
G8.4 Purpose and need: Wornall Road is an east-west collector street connecting families with four schools, Community Center and Century Park located within a half mile of the proposed sidewalk. These four schools have a combined enrollment of 2,200 students and the Community Center has 5,600 members. Additionally there are 532 households located within a half mile of the proposed sidewalk. Pedestrians are currently sharing the road with vehicles when traveling to/from school and other activity centers. The 2014 ADT on this segment of Wornall was 1,326. The City desires the project to primarily promote safe routes to schools and secondarily to promote walkability and community health with pedestrian safe facilities, remove auto dependency for even short trips and expand transportation options for connection to several activities centers.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
0.265 Miles
G10. Functional Classification: Collector
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? No   Decade:   --Select--
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? No
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
The project is included in the City Capital Improvement Plan and the Citys Comprehensive Plan. Development Policies in the Comprehensive Plan call for improved pedestrian/bicycle pathway connections to integrate this civic district with nearby commercial and residential areas, and calm arterial traffic and provide protected pedestrian connections to unify community features on both sides of Wornall and US-69 in the vicinity of public investments (schools, community center and parks).
G14. Planning stage: Preliminary 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? No
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: The project will have a positive impact on the following disadvantaged populations: There is a population of 1,511 living within a half mile of the proposed project with 35% over 16 years of age who are not in the labor force; 29% are under the age of 18; 18% are over the age of 65; 15% of households have incomes of 25,000 or less; and 6% are veterans. The desired destinations located within a half mile that will be served by the proposed project includes the Community Center, which houses the senior center and provides lunch for seniors and disabled individuals.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: The comprehensive plan is the result of a community participation process and identifies key issues and perspectives identified by stakeholders. The process included a community questionnaire, focus group meetings, community wide workshop, community presentation and two public design workshops to engage residents, business owners and other stakeholders in the planning process. The overall plan presentation was provided in an open format to residents. The City’s CIP is the implementation segment of the Comprehensive Plan. One comment received during the planning session from a parent who has a child that walks to school along this route, was that a car traveling along this route knocked the book bag off her child’s shoulder.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: The community communicates via Facebook, so a survey will be provided on Facebook to gather public input from the General Public. We will also provide paper copies of the survey at the Community Center and schools to collect input as well.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living----------- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network----------- ---------------- ------------Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- ---------------- -----Unique Community Characteristics
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: Active Transportation/Living to improve safety and preserve mobility for populations that do not drive; Complete Street Design includes a sidewalk along street R/W to improve mobility alternatives; Connected Street Network improves options for different transportation choices and reduce transportation costs; Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm improves options for different transportation choices and reduce transportation costs; Unique Community Characteristics allows people to walk to school and community center
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
Our project will connect adjacent residential neighborhoods to the school complex, Community Center and park with a safe pedestrian alternative. Our project provides the missing link in the pedestrian system linking the Elementary, Middle and High Schools and Community Center. The school campus also includes several outdoor facilities such as ballfields, tennis course, and is adjacent to park shelters and play equipment, dog park and cemeteries.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
Less-Intense and Less-Walkable Centers Our project provides a missing link for safe pedestrian access between the adjacent neighborhoods to the west of school and recreational facilities. The pedestrian link enhances recreation options but also improves connectivity by providing an alternative to vehicular travel.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? No
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
The proposed project is intended to provide a safe pedestrian alternative to driving. Walking is the mode of transportation with the least environmental impact, followed by the bicycle. Using these modes of transportation produces no carbon emissions from fossil fuels. If a safe pedestrian alternative to driving encourages more people to walk, this project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
G27. Natural Resource information: The sidewalk to be constructed will be build as a component to the existing street, a complete street. The sidewalk will be located adjacent to residential properties and maintained by these property owners. The drainage improvements will make it easier for the individual property owenrs to maintain their property
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: The project is located in the Fishing River watershed, there is currently no infrastructure in place to accommodate drainage in the project location, drainage is collected in open culverts along the street. The project will collect the drainage and discharge to an open field owned by the school district.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: The Excelsior Springs Comprehensive Plan supports the need to improve pedestrian/bicycle pathways connections to integrate the civic investments in the Wornall/US-69 corridor with nearby commercial and residential areas, and calm arterial traffic and provide protected pedestrian connections to unify community feastures on both sides of Wornall and US-69.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No Because the residential properties along Wornall Road are fully developed, to install a sidewalk along this road will require the accommodation of several obstacles along the path, such as driveways, power poles, mailboxes and fire hydrants. The street is currently an open culvert with pipe under the driveways to facilitate drainage. Due to space limitations, we will need to curb the street and enclose the drainage. The drainage will be expelled onto a 20 acre undeveloped parcel owned by the school district. When this parcel is developed, green street principles will be incorporated.
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
Pedestrians will be accommodated, all ages, abilities
Mobility Aids:       
Mobility Aides can be accommodated
Bicyclists:      Exception 2 
Space limitations will make it difficult to accommodate
Transit Riders: Not Accommodated      
There are no transit routes in this area other than school buses
Cars: Not Accommodated      
improved safety for pedestrians
Trucks: Not Accommodated      
improved safety for pedestrians
Motorcycles: Not Accommodated      
improved safety for pedestrians
Buses: Not Accommodated      
improved safety for pedestrians
Green Streets: Not Accommodated     Exception 2 
space limitations will make it difficult to accommodate

Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 188  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 47  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2021
Source of Local Match: City funds
Explain: The cost estimate provided by the project engineer has been adjusted to 2021 prices.
Scope Change: The project is too small to be phased
Cost Breakdown:
Highway:   %
Transit:   %
Bike:   %
Pedestrian: 100  %
Other:   %

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