Summary of Highway 7 (Central Phase) - Pedestrian Improvements

Blue Springs

Contact Information

Organization: Blue Springs
Contact person: Jeff Sell
Title: Assistant Director of Public Works
Phone: 816-228-0205
Organization address: 903 W Main
  Blue Springs, MO    64015

General Information

1. Project name: Highway 7 (Central Phase) - Pedestrian Improvements
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: City of Blue Springs, Jackson County, Missouri
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: Highway 7 from I-70 to US-40
4. Primary project mode: Active Transportation 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation * Transit )
The Blue Springs Comprehensive Plan outlines a goal of "overcoming physical barriers with strategic connections across corridors." One of two target corridors to focus efforts upon is Highway 7. The project is one strategy to renovate a dilapidated corridor in the heart of the community. Sidewalk and crossing improvements are part of a greater strategy to promote a pedestrian-scale street along Highway 7, avoid future commercial strip development, and redevelop adjacent areas based on the community vision.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * Other (Pedestrian Safety)
7. Project sponsor: Jeff Sell
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $3500000
9. Project description: Highway 7 is a north-south principal arterial through the City of Blue Springs that connects multiple commercial areas and adjacent residential neighborhoods. The corridor currently accommodates vehicles, trucks, buses, and bicyclists. However, Highway 7 generally lacks pedestrian facilities, which limits and important transportation choice across and along the commercial corridor. Therefore, the City of Blue Springs will construct pedestrian improvements including sidewalks, ADA ramps, crosswalks, and traffic signal modifications along Highway 7 from I-70 to US-40. Multiple RideKC transit stops along Highway 7 will also be upgraded. Sidewalks and associated improvements will be constructed on one side of the roadway to meet the needs of pedestrians and mobility aid users. If the vision for commuter rail to downtown Blue Springs becomes feasible, pedestrian access could be provided via a connection to the proposed Highway 7 sidewalk.
10. Scope: The Highway 7 corridor is a regional spine for the City and the Kansas City region with numerous commercial businesses located along the corridor. A missing component in revitalizing the corridor and remaining economically viable is safe accessibility for non-motorized forms of transportation. The project includes providing a safe path for pedestrians and upgrading traffic signals to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. Connections at intersections will be upgraded to meet ADA standards and dead-end sidewalks on side roadways will be tied into the Highway 7 sidewalk. If the vision of future transit service along the corridor and/or a commuter rail connection at downtown Blue Springs becomes a possibility, pedestrian access could be provided via a connection to the proposed Highway 7 sidewalk.
11. Project schedule: Project could be completed within one construction season.

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