Summary of Ottawa Street Bridge Replacement

De Soto

Contact Information

Organization: De Soto
Contact person: Mike Brungardt
Title: City Administrator
Phone: 9135865253
Organization address: 32905 West 84th Street, P.O. Box C
  De Soto, KS    66018

General Information

G8.1 Project title: Ottawa Street Bridge Replacement
G8.2 Project description: The overall project includes the complete reconstruction of Ottawa Street: 79th St. to 82nd St. Funding is requested only for a bridge replacement within the limits of the project. This street is a two-lane road that is approx. 24 ft. in total width with no shoulder or sidewalks. It crosses the BNSF Railroad, a private rail spur, and a major drainage way. This segment serves as the only link from the residential and commercial areas of the City to the City’s newly-developed Riverfest Park. The park holds 4 yearly events that draw as many as 2000 people each without an acceptable pedestrian or vehicular link.
This project will include repairing an existing stormwater crossing that is failing. There are 2-96” diameter cmps that carry a stream under Ottawa St. just north of the railroad. The project would replace these cmps with a concrete box bridge. Because Ottawa St. is an off-system roadway, the culvert replacement is the only portion of the project eligible for funding.
G8.3 Project contact: Mike D. Brungardt, P.E.
City Administrator, City Engineer
De Soto, KS
P.O. Box C
De Soto, Kansas 66018
office: 913-583-1182 x116
cell: 785-764-8737
G1. Project Type: Road & Bridge - Bridge Replacement/Rehabilitation
G2. Funding Stream: STP
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Kansas
G5. Project county: 1. Johnson
G6. Project municipality: 1. DeSoto
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? Yes
$150,000 Johnson County SMAC Funding
G8.4 Purpose and need: The purpose of this project to provide an accessible route from the commercial and residential areas of De Soto to the Citys newly-developed Riverfest Park for pedestrians/bicycles and vehicular traffic. Ottawa Street is the only access from the City to the park. The existing route does not include a dedicated pedestrian facility and the existing vehicular facility is in extreme disrepair and is not pedestrian/bicycle friendly. A major obstacle to overcome for pedestrians/bicycles and vehicular traffic is crossing the major drainage way north of the BNSF traffic. The current culverts are crumbling under the roadway due to condition and insufficient length. A new structure with adequate length will provide reliable access for vehicular traffic and a dedicated route for pedestrians/bicycles to access Riverfest Park and the community events held there multiple times per year.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
Ottawa Street
79th Street
83rd Street
G10. Functional Classification: Not Applicable
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? No   Decade:   --Select--
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? No
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
The project is listed in De Soto’s 5-year CIP several times. Foremost, the complete reconstruction of Ottawa Street (Including the bridge replacement and sidewalks) is listed as a funded project for 2022. In addition, the bridge/culvert replacement project and the sidewalk project were both considered as stand-alone projects within the plan, but are not shown in the funding schedule because they are included in the scope for the larger reconstruction project.
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? No
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: Incorporating pedestrian and bicycle access between the Citys residential/commercial areas and Riverfest Park will only benefit those unable to drive a vehicle. Accessible sidewalks will allow for disabled pedestrians to gain access to the Riverfest Park and the festivities held there multiple times a year. It will also allow residents in zero-car households a route where travel is comfortable for pedestrians and bicycles.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: The public was invited to give feedback during the formulation of the Citys CIP. Forums included a public workshop, online survey, and general City council sessions. Items that received strong support included improvements to Riverfest Park, including maintenance to Ottawa street and the addition of the sidewalk to increase access to the Park via Ottawa Street.

In addition to these recent efforts, pedestrian access to Riverfest Park was a topic of discussion during the development of the park’s master plan in 2007. The challenges of a regional activity and festival venue that is disconnected from the core of the City have long been identified, and the desire to address the situation has been a consistent topic of discussion within the community since the opening of the park.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: During the preliminary and final design of the project, public meetings will be held to gain insight from the public for specific needs and wants. Special consideration will be given to needs of disadvantaged populations, specifically the disabled and those without access to a vehicle.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living-------Compact, Walkable Centers--- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network---Context Appropriate Streets------- ----Green Infrastructure-------Integrated Trail System--- ------------Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- ---------------- ------
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: Adding the connection from the residential/commercial centers of De Soto to the activity center of Riverfest Park will inherently increase activity and vibrancy of the De Soto community. Additional access for the disadvantaged and underprivileged portion of the population will allow for larger portions of the Citys population to be involved in community activities. This pedestrian and bicyclist connection helps to connect to the planned MetroGreen facility through Riverfest Park.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
The overall project will connect the population of De Soto to a major recreation center of the community. In doing so these goals can be accomplished by connecting a place that offers recreation; connecting places with a variety of transportation options, and creating places that support healthy living and a healthy natural environment - both with the park and the stream way restoration associated with the culvert replacement.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
Highest-Intensity and Most-Walkable Centers The Ottawa Street project would connect the activity center of downtown De Soto, with its businesses (restaurants, banks, retail, services), Johnson County Library, churches, Post Office and other destinations to the Riverfest Park. There is currently not an accessible route from this activity center to the park where multiple community-enriching events are held every year.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? No
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
Creating accessible routes to the desired destinations will reduce vehicle miles traveled, thus reducing vehicle emissions. Removing the barriers of unsafe traveled ways for bicycles and pedestrians will increase the chances that a resident will choose a different mode of transportation with less carbon-based fuels.
G27. Natural Resource information: Geomorphic, water quality and ecologic impacts due to the existing cmps under Ottawa Street have likely affected various types of aquatic resources of the stream. During preliminary design, various alternatives and methods of protecting the stream banks and aquatic life will be analyzed. In addition, the increased accessibility to the park will encourage future conservation and restoration programs to be undertaken by the community.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: The project crosses a drainage way that directly flows into the Kansas River that supplies drinking water and recreational opportunities for many communities downstream. Water quality will directly affect a large population density. The water quality of this stream will have an impact on aquatic life as well as other wildlife that relies on water from this drainage way.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: De Soto’s Comprehensive Plan and Parks & Recreation Plan both support the general concept of connectivity between population centers and parks. Specifically, the Comprehensive Plan shows this portion of Ottawa Street as a Collector road, and specifies that collector roads should include provisions for pedestrian and bicycle access.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No This project will be designed using APWA standards and in accordance with KDOT BLP policies. The project will also be designed with the needs and safety of all users along and across the entire public right of way in mind. This includes people of all ages and abilities who are walking or bicycling or driving cars, trucks and freight shippers. Contextually-appropriate green infrastructure techniques will also be designed into the project
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
Mobility Aids:       
Transit Riders: Not Accommodated   Exception 1   
No transit service available but will support future transit if it becomes available
Buses: Not Accommodated   Exception 1   
No bus service available but will support future buses if they become available
Green Streets:       

Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 500  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 100  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2021
Source of Local Match: General Fund / Property and Sales Tax Revenues
Explain: The project is identified in De Soto’s Capital Improvements Plan. Revenue sources within the CIP include transfers from the General Fund, which are allocated on a yearly basis, and specific set-aside funds which are dedicated specifically to capital improvements. Transfer sources include set-asides from property tax levies, Federal Fund Exchange dollars from KDOT, Special Highway (gas tax) revenues, excise tax and impact fee collections, and sales taxes.
Scope Change: A pinch point for the pedestrian users of this corridor is the culvert over the drainage way. Although not at all ideal, pedestrians can walk on the roadside slopes throughout the corridor except at the culvert location. Improving the culvert and constructing a safe pedestrian passage over the drainage way would be a priority for the first phase.
Cost Breakdown:
Highway: 80  %
Transit:   %
Bike: 10  %
Pedestrian: 10  %
Other:   %

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