Summary of 39th Street Safety Improvements - Phase 2: Crysler to Blue Ridge


Contact Information

Organization: Independence
Contact person: Kati Horner Gonzalez
Title: City Engineer
Phone: 8163256217
Organization address: 111 E Maple
  Independence, MO    64050

General Information

G8.1 Project title: 39th Street Safety Improvements - Phase 2: Crysler to Blue Ridge
G8.2 Project description: This project is the second phase of improvements to the 39th Street corridor. The first phase (Noland Road to Crysler Avenue) was completed in 2011. Phase 2 would be a continuation of the first phase and includes a 3-lane roadway (2 vehicle traffic through lanes with a center turn lane), on-road bike lanes for cyclists on each side of the street and an ADA-compliant sidewalk for pedestrians and mobility aid users on one side of the street. The bicycle lanes and the sidewalk would improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. Also included in the scope of this project are drainage improvements with curb and gutter and a new storm sewer system. This project supports ongoing investments in the area. The construction of this project will create a safer route for residents in neighborhoods along the corridor to nearby activity centers using alternative transportation choices, allowing residents to age in place.
G8.3 Project contact: Kati Horner Gonzalez, City Engineer,, 816-325-6217
G1. Project Type: Transportation Safety Infrastructure
G2. Funding Stream: STP
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Missouri
G5. Project county: 1. Jackson
G6. Project municipality: 1. Independence
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? No
G8.4 Purpose and need: Currently, this section of 39th Street is classified as a minor arterial and is a narrow, unimproved 2-lane roadway that does not meet current design standards for the classification. With the widening of the road, the project will replace an under-performing drainage structure that has reached the end of its life. The current cross-section does not support bicycle or pedestrian traffic; this project will provide safer commutes for all users. The project supports ongoing investments in the area including connections to the Crysler Complete Streets Project (STP-3379(431)) currently under construction, 39th Street Safety Improvements - Ph 1 completed in 2011, and 39th & Blue Ridge Intersection Improvements to be constructed this summer.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
39th Street
Crysler Ave
Blue Ridge Blvd
G10. Functional Classification: Minor Arterial
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? Yes   Decade:   2020
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
This project will construct non-motorist facilities that support the proposed National Historic Trails Retracement Project led by the National Parks Service. The portion of the Retracement Trail in this area alignment is located on 39th Street between Crysler and Blue Ridge.
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
The proposed project is an extension of the first phase of the 39th Street project. The second phase The second phase of the project is included in the City’s 2018-2024 CIP and would extend the 39th Street complete street and roadway safety improvements westward from Crysler Ave to Blue Ridge Blvd. A third phase is planned and would improve 39th Street from Blue Ridge Blvd to 40 Hwy and would improve the 39th St & 40 Hwy intersection which is currently at a skew. In all, the three phases of the 39th Street project will construct 2 miles of safety improvements for vehicular, pedestrian, and bike users through established residential neighborhoods in the City.
G14. Planning stage: Conceptual Plan
G15. Reviewed by state DOT? No
G16. Right-of-Way acquisition: All acquired or none needed
G17. ROW by local public agency process manual? Yes
G18. Other unique local goals and objectives? No
This project promotes 2 unique goals and objectives not identified in Transportation Outlook 2040. The first is compliance with the City of Independence Bicycle Master Plan; by extending the on-street bike lanes from the first phase of the 39th Street project a second phase would further improve safety for bicyclists using 39th Street. Another goal/objective achieved would be upgrading a nonconforming minor arterial (39th Street) into compliance with the City’s standard typical section for this category of street as defined by the City of Independence Comprehensive and Thoroughfare Plan.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: This project will benefit the transportation disadvantaged by providing safe, continuous connections from long-established neighborhoods to the activity centers located on 39th St, Crysler Ave, and Noland Rd. Future phases will extend the connection to 40 Hwy. The 35th Street corridor between Crysler and Sterling has established, maintained residential neighborhoods to the north and south. Age demographics along the corridor show predominately working age and elderly population with beginning of turn-over to young families given the medium to low percentage of school age children. Independence median income is somewhat below that of the county and the state, which is reflected in substantial transit demand and use. Disability statistics along the corridor given the elderly population are considered up to 40% per US Census data. The Phase Two continuation of 35th Street corridor improvements support a population that is aging in place and needs improved sight lines at intersections, whether driving or other mode of transportation.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: 39th Street is identified as a minor arterial in the City’s Comprehensive & Thoroughfare Plans but the cross-section of the roadway does not meet the City’s standard cross-section for a minor arterial. Therefore, the 39th Street project is an identified project in the city-wide street sales tax program first as a roadway safety project, and second contributing to a sidewalk to parks program, providing new sidewalk.The lead-up to the vote for the street sales tax program was conducted with numerous public meetings, publications & news articles. City staff met with residents in neighborhood meetings, meetings at City Hall & one-on-one to discuss ideas, concerns and questions. Ultimately, the street sales tax with proposed 39th Street improvements passed with ample margin showing public citizenry support of the plan presented by the City.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: Continued engagement with the public for the 39th Street - Ph 2 project would occur through the City website, City 7 TV channel, CityScene newsletter (distributed by mail with monthly utility bills) and via public meetings during project plan development. If selected for STP funding, LPA process will be followed including Public Hearings to meet with the public in order to provide information, display plan sheets with details at various properties, answer questions and take comments. The project was presented to the Independence City Council and support was given to pursue project funding.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living---Age in Place------- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network---Context Appropriate Streets------- ------------Integrated Trail System--- ------------Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- ---------------- Transit-Ready Corridors----Unique Community Characteristics
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: The project will provide continuous, safe access for all transportation users to access area activity centers. By providing updated complete street facilities, residents can age in place. The project follows the NPS Historic Trail Retracement route, extending the pedestrian and bikeway system also along the route from Crysler Avenue to Blue Ridge Blvd. Potential future expansion of the IndeBus local transit routes would be able to utilize the updated, transit-ready facilities for future stops.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
The 39th Street project incorporates several Creating/Planning Sustainable Places Potential Action Steps identified in the Independence, MO 2014 Sustainable Community Audit in partnership between HUD, MARC and the City. Overall the project is a complete streets design, which promotes sustainability and vibrancy in life-long neighborhoods. The project extends multi-mode access to a neighborhood park and local grocery for healthy food options. Future Phase 3 of the 39th Street improvements will provide Complete Streets design directly connecting into a Creating Sustainable Place project designated for the US40 Hwy and 39th St intersection.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? No
G25. Environmental justice tracts? Yes
The western limit of the 35th Street project is near the environmental justice tract located on the west side of the 39th & Sterling intersection (Census Tract 120). Building this project would improve access from the environmental justice tract to the west to businesses and services along Sterling Avenue, 39th St, and Crysler due to enhanced pedestrian & bicycle safety. The next planned phase (phase 3) of this project is 39th St - Ph3, Blue Ridge Blvd to 40 Hwy will extend the connection into the Census Tract 120, providing a direct link to 40 Hwy.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
The project would reduce green house emissions from vehicles on the street because the continuous center turn lane would reduce stacking of idling vehicles behind other vehicles that are stopped and waiting to turn onto side streets or driveways in the existing through lanes. Additionally, the center turn lane provides safe refuge safety for those drivers waiting on gaps to make their turns, reducing rear-ender and improper passing crashes. Air quality would be improved by reducing vehicle miles traveled from use of the on-street bike lanes and the new sidewalk giving people options to walk or cycle instead of driving.
G27. Natural Resource information: 35th Street lies within existing right-of-way originally planned for minor arterial cross-section; therefore, adequate right-of-way is in place. Minimal environmental impacts are anticipated for construction, including minor grading and removal of existing turf-sodded areas. In the corridor, erosion from an under-performing culvert at the end of its life would be corrected and eliminated. Efforts will be made to design the project to minimize land disturbance activities, to provide adequate temporary erosion control measures during construction, and to re-vegetate all disturbed areas following construction of the widened roadway and sidewalk on one side.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: Street trees would be planted where restoration makes sense and existing trees along with other environmental assets would be preserved as much as possible. Roadway drainage systems will be designed and built as part of the 39th Street project and would be done with sensitivity toward any environmental assets within the watershed. Correction of a deteriorating culvert will eliminate current erosion into the Blue River watershed. Stormwater quality best management practices will be evaluated for implementation along the corridor such as bioswales and native plantings.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: 39th Street is categorized as minor arterial on the Citys adopted thoroughfare plan. 39th Street improvements is one of the projects listed for street sales tax funding through that program.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No The project will fully comply with the Complete Streets Policy. Design guidelines will be based on American Public Works Association standards, MoDOT standards, and MSHTO guidelines. The 39th Street project promotes walkability via connection to existing sidewalks along 39TH St and along Crysler Ave. The project ties in to planned multi-use trails and the MetroGreen corridor along Crysler Avenue.
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
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Green Streets:       

Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 1916  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 480  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2022
Source of Local Match: The local match would be from street sales tax funds.
Explain: The City has a perpetual street sales tax that generates funding for transportation projects. Providing project matching funds for grant opportunities is an approved use of the funds.
Scope Change: If full funding is not awarded, the project scope can be reduced to eliminate the center turn lane between Crysler and Blue Ridge Blvd.
Cost Breakdown:
Highway: 70  %
Transit:   %
Bike: 20  %
Pedestrian: 10  %
Other:   %

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