The Public Works Department has many projects throughout the city that impact the quality of life for residents. These projects enhance lives by maintaining the public infrastructure. Below is a list of some of the major construction projects the department is managing.
Steele Road Project
Major Street Resurfacing Project Coming to Steele Road
Preliminary work has begun along the stretch of Steele Road from 18th Street to 34th Street in preparation for the upcoming street resurfacing. Workers have begun the replacement of ADA ramps along this portion of Steele Road. Once completed this entire stretch of Steele Road will be resurfaced. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by August 11.
Riverview Avenue Bridge
The Riverview Avenue Bridge Replacement Project is scheduled to be generally completed by August 1. The I-70 eastbound off-ramp is now open to traffic. The majority of the work west of the Turner Diagonal on Riverview has been completed and is currently open to traffic as well. The majority of the work to the east of the Turner Diagonal will be completed by July 29 and that section of Riverview Avenue will then be open to traffic.
Center City Phase 2 Project
Construction on the Center City Phase 2 project began July 17. The project extends along the 7th Street corridor from Tauromee Avenue to Washington Boulevard and will include:
Curb and sidewalk repair along 7th Street from Tauromee to Washington Boulevard Replacement of two traffic signals at Barnett and State Avenue ADA upgrades at all intersections with the project limits Pedestrian signage and markings at Nebraska Drainage Improvements at Washington Boulevard Underground installation of conduit for fiber optic communication Street lighting upgrades from Tauromee to Armstrong
Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed in 180 days.
John Garland Park Reuse Plan
On March 20, 2011, EPA Region 7, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas and Oak Grove Neighborhood Association hosted a community workshop to plan for the reuse of the John Garland Park Site. Participants included neighborhood residents, community leaders, local experts, representatives from City Council, and City Parks and Recreation and Planning.
During the workshop, participants gave input regarding future uses and priorities for the site. This reuse concept plan summarizes the outcome of this workshop, in which participants shared their experience, local knowledge and ideas to identify a concept plan and strategy for positioning Garland Park as a hub of revitalization for the neighborhood.
View the plan
CAMBRIDGE CONNECTOR FEASIBILITY ANALYSIS
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County (UG) and Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) are developing the Cambridge Connector Feasibility Analysis. The study will explore how to develop a new connection to I-35 via the Cambridge Drive Interchange and connect to the surrounding local street network. Community members involved in the 2016 Rosedale Master Plan supported improving traffic in several ways, including by creating new connections to the community with the Cambridge Connector. Early findings suggest the possibility of using the Cambridge Drive Interchange to:
- Reduce congestion at the existing I-35 and 7th Street Interchange.
- Provide more direct access to local streets, such as Southwest Boulevard and 31st Street.
- Help spur redevelopment along Southwest Boulevard.
- Provide alternative access to the growing area around KUMED Center.
- Improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity across I-35.
The study team will work with a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, community members, and many others through the summer of 2018 to review concepts. Findings will be detailed in the study’s final report.
CONCEPTUAL ALIGNMENT ALTERNATIVES
The study team is continuing to review and discuss the following three roadway alignments:
- Southwest Boulevard: A new roadway connecting Cambridge Drive to the 31st Street and Southwest Boulevard signalized intersection, with a bridge over a portion of the railroad.
- 31st Street: A new roadway connecting Cambridge Drive directly to 31st Street, bridging over the railroads and Southwest Boulevard. Access from the new roadway to Southwest Boulevard would be provided via a new connection replacing a portion of Roanoke Road.
- Roanoke Road: A new roadway connecting Cambridge Driver directly to Roanoke Road, north of the signalized intersection with 31st Street. This alternative bridges over the railroads and Southwest Boulevard.
Click here to see illustrations. You can also view them at the public meeting on June 19, 2018 in Rosedale Development Association’s Community Room (1401 Southwest Boulevard). Comment online at cambrigeconnector.digicate.com through June 30, 2018.
The Cambridge Connector Feasibility Analysis is funded through the Mid-America Regional Council's Planning Sustainable Places Program. The outcome will be a written report that describes the analysis of alternatives and implementation considerations. UG will reference the report as it explores future transportation improvements for the KUMED Center/Rosedale area. Future improvements could help spur economic development, provide alternative access to the growing area around KUMED Center, and improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have questions or need further information about the Cambridge Connector Feasibility Analysis, please contact Lideana Laboy, UG Traffic Engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-573-5771. You may also follow the project on UG social media and use our #CambridgeConnector hashtag.
18th Street Bridge Replacement Study
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is studying replacement options for the 18th Bridge over the Kansas River. Although not a project of the Unified Government, this bridge serves a vital purpose in helping commuters reach their destinations. Learn more about KDOT's replacement study by downloading: