After years on hold, a major road project to build Ridgeview Road in Lenexa is moving forward, with completion expected in 2019.
The Lenexa City Council took several actions Aug. 15 to get things started. The city will contract with HNTB Corporation to help organize what will be a complicated project. And it set up an escrow agreement for right-of-way easements that will be donated by adjacent landowners.
The $33 million project to connect Kansas Highway 10 with Prairie Star Parkway has been talked about for at least a decade, but has been difficult because of the costs, say city officials. The terrain in the area is rough, with mines and mine tailings in the area. The project will also require relocation of a pipeline owned by Southern Star Gas Pipeline.
But the project will provide a new connection between two major streets. Portions of 98th Street and 99th Street connecting to Ridgeview are also in the project. Ridgeview already exists south of K-10 in Olathe.
The new road also will open up land that developers have been interested in for as far back as 11 years ago. In 2006, a retail development project stalled in that area because of legal questions over land ownership. In that case, the developer had agreed to pay the cost of building the road.
But now the project is being paid from Lenexa tax dollars. Money from an existing tax increment financing district will pay a portion after development occurs.
Because of the expense and difficulty of building Ridgeview, development has jumped over that area and continued westward, said Lenexa officials. But they expect that to change. “The development prospects for this area today are very good and we expect significant retail development in the area once the road is constructed, including a large home improvement store and a major retail supercenter, neither of which exist in Lenexa today,” said Beccy Yocham, community development director.
The new road will also support development at Meritex Lenexa Executive Park, a 2.5 million underground facility with plans to develop the surface, said city officials.
The city was to begin looking for design-build teams this week and construction is expected to begin next spring.