Kansas City planners are working with neighbors on final tweaks to a plan for improving North Englewood Road between U.S. 169 and NW Waukomis Road. A July open house allowed the public to come and view information about upgrades, right-of-ways and timelines for the project.
The improvement plan for the stretch of NW Englewood Road has been in the works for eight years. City planners have been hoping to bring what is a highly traveled unimproved corridor up to Kansas City “Boulevard” standards.
Plans include adding bicycle lanes, lighting, a median and a 10-foot wide trail extending along the entire north side of the two lane road. A re-routing of North Summit, which now serves as an access road with an awkward crossing at the U.S. 169 interchange, is also planned. Pedestrian access to the east side of U.S. 169 Highway will allow for walkers to access businesses and transit.
Wes Minder, manager of neighborhood design for Kansas City, says funding for the project is coming through a partnership that includes a Federal Surface Transportation Program Grant.
“We took $2 million from the city and $2 million from a developer and we were able to get $7 million in Federal money. So, the city is going to be able to get an $11 million improvement for $2 million,” says Minder.
The developer involved plans to construct apartments in the area directly southwest of the U.S. 169 and NW Englewood Road interchange.
Details on the project, including maps and plats, are available for viewing at the Kansas City Public Works Department, 5300 Municipal Avenue, Kansas City, MO. Comments can be mailed to that address or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Current plans are to start construction on the project in summer of 2016 and complete by December of 2017.