Summary of Sidewalk Missing Link Project


Contact Information

Organization: Olathe
Contact person: Therese Vink
Title: Sr. Project Manager
Phone: 913-971-9032
Organization address: PO Box 768
  Olathe, KS    66061

General Information

G8.1 Project title: Sidewalk Missing Link Project
G8.2 Project description: This project will include the construction of missing link sidewalks on school walking routes. The City of Olathe maintains walking maps for all the elementary schools. Our goal is to have a sidewalk from each house to each school. The city reviewed all the school walking maps and noted the missing links and prioritized based on percent free lunch, number of students, type of roadway and meeting with the school district. Based on need and not taking in to account areas that have already been addressed, the next school to be focused on is Clearwater Creek Elementary. While the main focus is students, the project will also be beneficial to all residents including mobility users and transit riders. It is approximated that 15,000 linear feet of sidewalk and an update to the Old 56 and Robinson Traffic Signal (to add pedestrian access) will be needed.
G8.3 Project contact: Therese Vink, P.E.
Sr. Project Manager
City of Olathe, Public Works
P.O. Box 768
Olathe, KS 66051
G1. Project Type: Non-Motorized Transportation - Facilities and SRTS Infrastructure
G2. Funding Stream: TAP
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Kansas
G5. Project county: 1. Johnson
G6. Project municipality: 1. Olathe
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? No
G8.4 Purpose and need: This project is needed for safe pedestrian access to and from schools throughout the City. There are several schools in need, this portion of the project will be focused on Clearwater CreekElementary School. This project will provide pedestrian connections from the Payne and Brockway subdivision and the Prairie Highlands subdivision to Clearwater Creek Elementary School and Oregon Trail Middle School. It would also connect the subdivisions to Oregon Trail Park, Lake Olathe and retail shopping along Dennis Avenue.
G9. Origin and ending
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G10. Functional Classification: Not Applicable
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? No   Decade:   --Select--
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? No
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
This project is included in the current 2018-2022 CIP.
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
This project does use the goals in the Transportation Outlook 2040 for a Vibrant, Connected and Green system. In addition this project promotes safe walking routes to school. It also meets the strategies that are discussed in the Plan, especially promoting safe streets.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: Olathe School District personnel have prioritized this project to serve an area of low-income and minority populations. The Payne and Brockway subdivision, south of Old 56, has a higher proportion of Hispanic families with one to zero cars. It is an area of fairly high taxi and taxi coupon use.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: The City of Olathe meets quarterly to discuss such projects withe the school district. All of our walking route maps are on the city web site as well as the school websites. Staff contacts the individual principals as needed to discuss school crossing locations, guards, sidewalks, etc. This communication is on-going and plays a role in the planning and design process.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: Once the design for the project is started, a public meeting will be held to inform residents that the project has begun and to gain their input on sidewalk locations. During the design process, residents will be contacted on a one-on-one basis to discuss any needed easements on their property. A second public meeting will be held once a contractor has been hired to complete the work. This will give residents the opportunity to meet the contractor and discuss construction phases and timing. The public involvement process that the City of Olathe follows is described in the LPA process manual.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: Access to Healthy Foods---Active Transportation/Living-------Compact, Walkable Centers--- Complete Street Design-----------Diverse Housing Types--- ------------Integrated Trail System--- ------------Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- ---------------- Transit-Ready Corridors-----
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: Sidewalks and ramps will be constructed on routes between homes and schools for use by students and all other pedestrians. In addition to connections to schools the sidewalks will provide residents access to Oregon Trail Park, Rolling Ridge Trail, Cedar Creek Trail, Lake Olathe and the local retail shopping/restaurants along Dennis Avenue.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? No
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
Highest-Intensity and Most-Walkable Centers This project will directly serve multiple activity centers by providing pedestrian access within and between centers located along Old 56 Highway, Parker Street and Lone Elm Road. The purpose of this project is to construct missing link sidewalks in areas where schools are present and pedestrian access is not currently available. Clearwater Creek Elementary School is located within an activity center along Dennis Avenue, just north of Oregon Trail Park. This project will increase pedestrian access not only to and from this school, but also to and from the activity center at Dennis and K-7/Parker.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? Yes
This project is wholly located within an environmental justice tract that covers multiple square miles of the area. The project will greatly improve pedestrian access within the tract.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
This project promotes walking to school as opposed to being driven or riding the bus. The access that this project will provide will reduce the use of vehicles, therefore reducing the use of fuels.
G27. Natural Resource information:
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale:
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: This project supports the City of Olathes Transportation Master Plan and also the Comprehensive Plan
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No This project will add sidewalks to streets to provide complete pedestrian access that is not currently in place.
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
Mobility Aids:       
Transit Riders:       
Green Streets:       

Project Financial Information

TAP Federal amount: 320  (Thousands of $)
TAP Match amount: 80  (Thousands of $)
TAP Year requested: 2021
Source of Local Match: General Obligation Bonds
Scope Change:
Cost Breakdown:
Highway:   %
Transit:   %
Bike:   %
Pedestrian: 100  %
Other:   %

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