Summary of North Oak Complete Streets


Contact Information

Organization: Gladstone
Contact person: Anthony Sands
Title: City Engineer
Phone: 816-520-9167
Organization address: 7010 N Holmes
  Gladstone, MO    64118

General Information

Project title: North Oak Complete Streets
Project description: The North Oak Complete Streets Plan will assess the feasibility and implementation of high-quality on-street bikeway facilities (such as protected bike lanes or a two-way protected cycle track), improved pedestrian connections, accommodations, and crossings, and integration of high-capacity transit corridor accommodations. The project will also build upon previous streetscape planning efforts conducted along the corridor (North Oak Corridor Streetscape Master Plan, 2011 within Kansas City, Missouri) and will tie into capital improvements planned south of NE Indianola Drive. Through the city’s comprehensive update to Bike KC, North Oak has been identified as the key north/south corridor in the city’s bikeway system north of the Missouri River. This corridor leads directly to Burlington Avenue in North Kansas City where a high-quality two-way “cycle track” is planned and to the Heart of America Bridge spanning the Missouri River which has dedicated bike/pedestrian facilities. The KCATA has also identified North Oak as a key corridor for enhanced transit in the Northland. This study will be complex due to its commercial nature, multiple access driveways, constrained right-of-way, and high motor vehicle volumes. However, as it is one of the most direct, connected, and commercially vibrant corridors in the Northland it is a critical multimodal route. This study will seek to provide accommodations for all road users and bring a cohesive vision for North Oak in multiple communities.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Project
Project Contact: Anthony Sands, P.E., City Engineer, City of Gladstone Public Works, Phone: 816-423-4154, Email:
Project Location: North Oak Trafficway from NE Indianola Drive to NW Barry Road. This project is located within portions of Kansas City, Missouri and the City of Gladstone.
Project Scope: Anticipated tasks: a. Review of existing plans, including but not limited to: i. 2018 Bike KC Master Plan ii. KCMO Complete Streets Ordinance (2017) iii. MARC Regional Bikeways Plan iv. North Oak Corridor Streetscape Master Plan v. Briarcliff-Winnwood Area Plan vi. Gashland-Nashua Area Plan vii. Vivion Road Streetscape Plan viii. Kansas City TOD Policy ix. Gladstone Village Center Transportation Study x. North Oak Trafficway: Road Diet Review xi. Gladstone Sidewalk Master Plan Deliverable for task a. will include summary memo of plan findings, recommendations, and themes. Additionally, concept development and final report will cite how plan recommendations were or were not incorporated. b. Review of existing traffic data & evaluation of current ROW conditions Deliverable for task b. will include summary report of road diet feasibility and intersections with impacts, including potential capacity limitations. Additionally, Synchro/SimTraffic reports and a summary of delay and travel time for the corridor using existing traffic volumes for the existing street configuration and alternative configurations. c. Robust public engagement, including comprehensive steering committee/working group, technical review committee (Gladstone staff, KCMO staff, KCATA, etc.), and public outreach. Public outreach will include traditional public meetings, citizen & business survey, and concept demonstration project. Other public outreach methods are welcome too in order to ensure the community has opportunity to provide input and comment on proposed altered conditions. Reports and memos should reference how public outreach was conducted and all outreach efforts should be documented, including parties contacted. d. Prepare conceptual plan(s) related to complete streets/multimodal improvement options. Deliverable for task d. includes the preparation of concept plan(s) that include example sections, pavement markings, and intersection treatments. This deliverable will consist of a strip map for the corridor showing existing and proposed cross sections and callout notes for specific treatments. A general overview of proposed treatments that apply consistently along the corridor (e.g. uniform enhanced crosswalk markings) should also be included with sample images and locations for said improvements. e. Technical review and public evaluation of concept plan(s) Deliverable for task e. includes a final summary report and of recommended conditions and implementation strategies, including public & technical feedback, needed next steps, prioritized improvement scheme, and concept level cost estimates.

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: 187.5  (Thousands of $)
Federal amount 130  (Thousands of $)
Minimum Funding amount 130  (Thousands of $)
Match amount: 57.5  (Thousands of $)
Source of Local Match: KCMO PIAC 2018 Contingency Funds & Gladstone TST

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Submitted comments

Kyle Frakes said...

I have reservations about N Oak becoming a viable route for cycling commuters due to the high traffic loads and numerous traffic signals. Traffic signals never seem to be at the correct timing for bicycles and there are issues with bicycles triggering a signal change. With that said, N Oak does make for a direct north south route and is one of about three or four viable crossing over 152 highway and could make for a primary north south corridor with the addition of the NKC cycle track.

6/26/2018 7:31:46 PM

James Rice said...

In its present configuration, North Oak is a car sewer that is unpleasant at best for pedestrians and hostile to bicyclists. Transforming this corridor into a complete street would be a welcome change. This project has a nice synergy with a similar project on the KCMO portion to the south. It’s time for the Northland to embrace modes of transportation besides cars, and what better place than on its de facto Main Street?

6/27/2018 6:18:27 AM

Carol Suter said...

N.Oak is in serious need of updating/improvement. As a major N/S corridor, it has the potential to provide much greater access for non-automobile transportation. In numerous places, the street has excess capacity for the number of cars using it, so there is untapped opportunity for re-design/re-thinking for alternate mobility options. The Northland is fastest growing part of the MO metro, so investment in this area is well-deserved.

6/27/2018 9:15:35 AM

Diane L Salucci said...

I believe the proposed enhancements to this vital north-south thoroughfare would be a great improvement to and upgrade of transportation options in the Northland. As the area continues to grow, these plans would help the community remain a vibrant contributor to the KC metro area.

6/27/2018 11:19:08 AM

Jim Mitchell said...

I am enthused about this proposal, as it would tie the Northland to the overall improvements to transportation throughout the region.

6/27/2018 11:21:10 AM

Arnold Nguyen said...

This corridor of North Oak desperately needs improvement for all modes of ground transportation. Currently, traffic signals do not align well, some sections do not have center lane, and it is difficult to cross major intersections as a biker/pedestrian. I hope this plan heavily considers the following: convenient bike/ped facilities; better traffic signals; a streetcar route in the far future (if the streetcar goes to NKC first); potential economic (re)development.

6/27/2018 5:00:50 PM

Maggie Holt said...

YES. Improved ground traffic is sorely needed in Gladstone. Right now, with the Metro North redevelopment, it is on a trajectory to become a major player in the KC Metro area. Having a robust transportation infrastructure would set it apart from the rest. Also, promoting non-car traffic is SUSTAINABLE, which is excellent marketing fodder (not to mention, the right thing to do).

6/28/2018 2:28:02 PM

Jean Moore said...

Improvements and enhancements of this crucial north/south route in the northland would prove valuable for all modes of transportation: rapid transit, automobiles, bicycles. It provides an excellent opportunity for partnerships with KC, Gladstone, and other municipalities connected by North Oak Trafficway. A cohesive appearance for this high traffic corridor would make a substantial improvement to the Northland.

6/28/2018 3:50:59 PM

Kevin Carlyle said...

I drive N Oak every day of the week. It’s HORRIBLE. Sections of the road appear to be unchanged for decades. There are bus stops that city code says you can’t legally cross the road to get to. There’s empty lots that have sat that way for a decade despite being large enough to support a 100 unit apartment complex. There are unprotected bike lanes with 50mph traffic. (That would be like biking on I-70 downtown) It’s long past time to change this road from being a fast alternative to 169 and to be a commercial road people want to walk from shop to shop along.

7/1/2018 8:49:41 PM

Daniel Rouchka said...

The North Oak Complete Streets Project title may very well be the most worthy project listed under consideration, for many of the reasons already mentioned in the list of previously submitted comments. It has my vote above all the others.

7/19/2018 10:28:44 AM


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