Summary of Truman Connect


Contact Information

Organization: Independence
Contact person: Kati Horner
Title: Asst Director of Public Works/City Engineer
Phone: 8163256217
Organization address: 111 E Maple
  Independence, MO    64050

General Information

1. Project name: Truman Connect
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: City of Independence, MO
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: 24 Hwy, Bess Truman Pkwy, Winner Rd, Sterling Ave, 40 Hwy; from 40 Hwy & Blue Ridge Cutoff to 24 Hwy & 291.
4. Primary project mode: Active Transportation 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Bridge * Highway/Roadway * Transit )
Truman Connect is an 8-mile project that will create a continuous multi-modal travelway through the heart of Independence. This portion of the multi-segmented project connects two critical highway business corridors (24 Hwy and 40 Hwy) and downtown nodes in Independence (The Square, Englewood Arts District). The segment in this project is the “spine” of the corridor that connects the Truman Library, Square, Englewood District, Sterling Corridor, and Blue Ridge Crossing. The project will construct sidewalks, bikeways, transit facilities, and support other modes for the entire corridor. The corridor will enhance the safety of non-motorized transportation and will improve freight movement, reliability, and overall safety of traffic. The full project follows a route beginning at 24 & 291, following 24 to River, continues south on Bess Truman Parkway through the Square and west on Winner to Sterling. The route extends south on Sterling to 40 Hwy and west to Blue Ridge Cutoff.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Kati Horner
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $6500000
9. Project description: The project will create a multi-modal spine along major streets in western Independence connecting transportation users of all types along 8 miles of roadway. The project will create a continuous, ADA-compliant route in the oldest and densest parts of Independence as well as some of the neighborhoods with the greatest needs for non-motorist transportation options. The construction of ADA-compliant sidewalks, bike facilities (bike lanes, cycle tracks, etc), lighting enhancements, signal upgrades, ramp improvements, transit stop enhancements will be done using an Aging Lens that supports usage by all users regardless of financial or physical ability. The project will also convert the existing 4-lane Sterling Avenue to a 3-lane section with dedicated, separated bike facilities and upgrade the sidewalks along the corridor. The project will complete connections such as the Rock Creek Trail and Three Trails Retracement, and will establish a continuous connection from 291 & 24 Hwy to the future Rock Island terminus at the Truman Sports Complex.
10. Scope: The route is 8 miles long and will enhance the transportation service for pedestrians and cyclists, will increase and optimize transit accommodations, and will provide a safer environment for all users, including motorist and freight traffic so to enhance the flow of traffic for all users. A road diet on Sterling would create a three-lane street, with a center turn lane, and bicycle facilities. There would be pedestrian and transit improvements. Traffic signals at the Sheley Road intersection will be replaced with a roundabout. Bicycle facilities would be installed on Winner, Lexington, through the Square, and on Bess Truman Parkway to create connectivity to critical activity centers. These improvements will facilitate enhanced city-wide movement of all transportation users and create a safer environment for existing motorist and freight users.
11. Project schedule: The project will be constructed over the next ten years. The first two phases will construct the outer edges by 2023. The construction of the Truman Connect spine will occur following the completion of the current PSP plan; funding has been identified for this construction to occur in 2022. Additional phases such as couplet routes through the Square, Sterling Ave improvements, and the final connection from City limit lines to Blue Ridge Cutoff will be constructed as funding is available. The project is a top City priority and all work is scheduled for completion by 2030 as it connects directly into many of the Citys planned projects.

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Debra Laufer said...

I work in this area...citizens on this side of town struggle getting from one area to another. There is a large population of bike riders because of the Transit Center.

5/8/2019 5:17:46 PM


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