Summary of 72nd Street (Parallel Pkwy to Leavenworth Road) – Complete Street Improvements

Unified Government

Contact Information

Organization: Unified Government
Contact person: Lideana Laboy
Title: City Traffic Engineer
Phone: 913-573-5700
Organization address: 701 N. 7th Street Room 712
  Kansas City , KS    66101

General Information

G8.1 Project title: 72nd Street (Parallel Pkwy to Leavenworth Road) – Complete Street Improvements
G8.2 Project description: This project is the first phase of a corridor plan that would reconfigure College Pkwy/Turner Diagonal Corridor into a Complete Street Corridor from Leavenworth Rd to K-32. This project includes reconfiguration of 72nd St, a minor arterial road, to add complete street elements from Parallel Pkwy to Leavenworth Rd. This project will serve a fully developed residential neighborhood with population of all ages, which includes veterans, people with disabilities, and students from three adjacent schools. The reconfiguration includes lane width reduction, construction of sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the street, upgrades to traffic signals, replacement of aging pavement, curb and gutter, drainage system, and street lighting. The goal is to provide continuous pedestrians and bicycles infrastructure that will connect residential areas with adjacent activity centers such as education institutions, areas of employment, community centers, commercial and recreational areas.
G1. Project Type: Non-Motorized Transportation - Facilities and SRTS Infrastructure
G2. Funding Stream: STP
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Kansas
G5. Project county: 1. Wyandotte
G6. Project municipality: 1. Unified Government
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? No
G8.4 Purpose and need: This will be the first phase of the reconfiguration of College Pkwy/Turner Diagonal vehicle focused corridor into a pedestrian/bicycle friendly complete street urban corridor. Currently, there is limited pedestrian/bicycle accommodation along this route, making it difficult for residents to walk or bike to/from schools and activity centers. Existing signalized midblock crossing is inaccessible to people with disabilities. The pavement, curb & gutter, and drainage systems are in need of repair. In conjunction with recent roadway improvements on Leavenworth Rd, this project will provide pedestrian/bicycle connectivity from a fully developed residential area to three neighboring schools (John F. Kennedy Elementary, Eisenhower Middle, and Washington High schools), and activity centers located on adjacent major arterials (Parallel Pkwy, Leavenworth Rd, State Ave) such as KCK Community College, commercial areas, parks, a golf course, churches, and large employers such as Amazon and BPU.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
72nd Street
Leavenworth Rd (north end)
Parallel Pkwy (south end)
1 mile
G10. Functional Classification: Minor Arterial
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? Yes   Decade:   2020
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? No
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
This project is part of the UG/KCK CIP to convert College Pkwy/Turner Diagonal from a vehicle focused corridor into a complete street corridor with accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists from K-32 to Leavenworth Rd. This plan includes the reconfiguration of I-70 at Turner Diagonal Interchange, which is identified in the Transportation Outlook 2040 project list as project number 407. This project represents the first phase of the corridor improvement plan that has the goal to eliminate physical barriers for pedestrians and bicyclists, promote healthy living, reduce dependency of vehicles, improve air quality, reduce congestion, and enhance community services by improving connectivity from residential areas to activity centers and areas of employment for all users and increase transportation choices.
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 promotes the other unique goals and objectives found in the SOAR (Stabilization, Occupation, and Revitalization) Initiative, the 2011 UG Complete Street Resolution, and the 202020 Movement. The SOAR initiative is a 5-year plan that will confront the lack of sidewalks in Wyandotte County amongst other safety and infrastructure issues in the County. As of 2018, the sidewalks in this project area had not yet been improved by the SOAR Program. Complete streets are streets that allow safe and convenient travel for walking amongst other modes of travel. The 2011 UG Commitment to Complete Streets encourages such creation of complete streets that this grant would allow us to do so. Lastly, the 202020 Movement, which seeks to add at least 20 miles of bicycle routes, outdoor trails, and safe sidewalks by 2020 and beyond, will be promoted by the improvement and creation of sidewalks in the project area.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: This project will serve a fully developed residential neighborhood with population of all ages, which include veterans, people with disabilities, and elementary/middle/high school students.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: Citywide survey among citizens has identified lack of sidewalk as one of the priority needs for infrastructure in this county. The lack of sidewalk limits the accessibility to transit services, center of activities, and other public services. The Office of Veteran Affairs has identified the need of sidewalks as an important infrastructure to help veterans and veterans with disability to maintain a healthy living and provide access to services. No formal public meeting have been host for this particular project, however public meetings for projects in the area have identified the need for the project.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: Throughout the year, UG actively engages the community through various means of public engagement where public officials and citizens discuss the city needs, new projects, new ideas etc. UG Commissioners and the Mayor have conducted townhall meetings where citizens have expressed the need for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. This project has been discussed as part of the College Pkwy/Turner Diagonal Complete Street Master Plan, which has the goal of removing existing barriers that currently limit accessibility for pedestrians/bicyclists to public services, transit services, and other centers of activity.
In addition, KCK has a large group of neighborhood groups that serve as centers of information for citizens. The UG Livable Neighborhood Group organization organizes monthly meetings to inform and provide suggestions for better access to transit, community centers, schools, churches, commercial buildings, and recreation centers, and listens citizen to discuss the needs for the area. In addition, this group currently updates their website to information on public projects. There is also a section for the public to leave comments. This group also engages on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living---Age in Place------- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network----------- ---------------- ------------Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- ----Repair Strip Corridors----------- ------
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: Creating sidewalks in the project area will improve safety and connections for children walking to school and activity centers. Doing so will meet criteria for and Complete Street Design. Walkability will preserve mobility for residents who do not drive, meeting criteria for Active Living/Transportation. The vibrancy of the neighborhoods will be increased by access and connections to activity centers, creating strong land use relationships. Strong land use connections meet criteria for Repair Strip Corridors. The neighborhood will be improved aesthetically with new sidewalks and green spaces, meeting criteria for Green Infrastructure. Better aesthetics will improve the image of the community, as well as the quality of life for residents. Sidewalks build value through investment for this community and neighborhood, meeting criteria for Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm. Lastly, air quality will improve by reducing VMT, meeting criteria for Complete Street Design.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
CSP: This project will promote the guiding principles of Equity, Places, and Processes. By completing this project, these residents will have equitable access to activity centers, transit, and schools. Residents will see a multitude of sustainable places characteristics: reinvestment, an increase in transportation choices, development in activity centers and corridors, and design for healthier lifestyles.
PSP: New sidewalks in this community will promote vibrancy and connectivity within the project area. Residents will have connections to activity centers, transit stops, and schools that previously did not exist.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
Less-Intense and Less-Walkable Centers This project will directly serve identified activity centers. The activity centers identified include parks, churches, schools, KCK Community College, community centers, commercial uses, and the Amazon Distribution Facility. The project area will see an improvement in vibrancy due to enhanced access to said activity centers and services. Connectivity will be vastly improved for residents walking to activity centers, children walking to school, and those who are simply seeking safe walking paths in their neighborhood. And lastly, a healthy environment will be promoted in this neighborhood, as residents will see an increase in walkability. As previously stated, improved connectivity to activity centers will also enhance the healthy environment in this neighborhood. Connectivity will be improved to RideKC transit stops along Parallel Parkway and Leavenworth Road as well.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? Yes
This project is located within a MARC Designated environmental justice tract. This tract contains 60% minority residents, with 10% of the total population of the tract living below the poverty line. Low-income and minority residents within this tract will have improved and equitable treatment when it comes to walkability and infrastructure investment.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
This project will reduce the number of cars on the road and allow for greater walkability within this project area. Better infrastructure will promote walkability in the project area. Less parents will have to drop their children off at school or at Eisenhower park, as safe sidewalks will increase the likelihood of children walking. Safe access to transit stops and activity centers will be improved as well. Ultimately, this project will enhance accessibility to other modes of transportation, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the use of carbon-based fuels.
G27. Natural Resource information:
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale:
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: This project is supported by the following comprehensive plans, 2008 WYCO City-Wide Master Plan, Northeast Area Master Plan, 2012 WYCO Sidewalk and Trails Master Plan, WYCO Parks Master Plan, and Safer Route to School Outreach and Education Program. The strong consensus of community engagement identified schools, parks and community centers in that order as the three top destination priorities for new sidewalk infrastructure
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No This project will accommodate both bicycles and pedestrians on both side of the street, as well as vehicles, school buses, transit vehicles, and large trucks. The following design guidelines will be used on the design: AASHTO Roadway Design manual, National Complete Street Coalition Policies & Guidelines, MARC Complete Street Handbook and other design as available. As a minimum the project will include the following complete street elements: reduction of existing lane width, 5-ft bike lanes, minimum of 5ft sidewalks, 3 to 6ft of green space (depending of available ROW), upgrade to traffic signal/signalized crossing to provide APS push buttons for ADA compliance and count down pedestrian signals. Contextually-appropriate environmental solutions will be evaluated be evaluated during preliminary designs such as the width of green spaces between roadway and sidewalk, installation of trees, BMP practices for drainage system, sidewalk wider than 5ft, among others.
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
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Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 5500  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 1100  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2022
Source of Local Match: Local Funds for Capital Improvements for year 2022
Explain: As funding becomes available UG will add this project to the CMIP for 2022
Scope Change: Not a phased project
Cost Breakdown:
Highway: 30  %
Transit: 0  %
Bike: 30  %
Pedestrian: 30  %
Other: 10  %

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John Hornbeck said...

This is the first stage of what would be a key 4 1/2 mile corridor from Leavenworth Road to Kaw Drive. I really like where this first stage is starting as it will connect to current improvements being done along Leavenworth Road -- providing connections to several schools including the Kansas City Kansas Community College, to Eisenhower Park and Recreation Area, and to key transit routes. This is also an area with a very diverse population that includes families with children, seniors, and veterans. Although the main value of this project will derive from completion of the full corridor, this first stage has strong stand-alone merits and deserves the requested funding.

4/11/2018 10:32:27 PM

Angela Markley said...

These infrastructure upgrades would be a great improvement to this mixed use corridor.

4/30/2018 12:56:36 PM

Rick Behrens said...

What a great place to create a complete streets project. This location is ideal. Currently, 72nd St. from Parallel to Leavenworth Rd. is a very wide 2 lane with no bike/ped infrastructure. The available easements are ideal. The community institutions along the route that serve children make the project urgent. The future plan to connect this project south to K-32 would be phenomenal for the neighborhoods surrounding. This is a fantastic opportunity for the UG to flex its complete streets muscles and begin to build capacity for more projects like this.

5/1/2018 6:29:54 AM

Wesley McKain said...

This project is AWESOME. 72nd street/college parkway is one of the main north-south thoroughfares in the "midtown" area of KCK, running besides the community college and many neighborhoods, schools, and businesses. Its entirely oriented to cars. Increasing access to non-vehicular users would be wonderful for public health, for livability, and for development in the area, which are increasingly oriented toward these types of transportation improvements.

5/2/2018 11:58:22 AM

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