Summary of 24 Highway Complete Street


Contact Information

Organization: Independence
Contact person: Deirdre Oster
Phone: 8163257591
Organization address: 111 E Maple Ave
  Independence, MO    64050

General Information

1. Project name: 24 Highway Complete Street
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Independence, Jackson County, Missouri
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: US 24 Intersections: Wilson Rd, Sterling Ave, River Blvd, Noland Rd, College St, Lees Summit Rd, E Salisbury Rd, MO 291
4. Primary project mode: Active Transportation 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Freight * Highway/Roadway * Transit )
This complete streets project will facilitate a multimodal system, create a link to the north-south routes including Noland and Sterling and a link to the eastern part of US 24, as well as add a center turn lane for improved safety. This route is part of an inter-city bus line (Indebus) that will be better served with the additional sidewalks and bike facilities. The goal is to better serve all transportation modes, provide more interconnectivity between multimodal options, and improve freight movement along the principal arterial.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Kati Horner Gonzalez, City Engineer
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $18000000
9. Project description: It is the goal of the City of Independence to provide multiple transportation options along US 24 Highway from the west city limits to the east city limits. The project will include a center turn lane to improve safety and travel time reliability for motorists and freight. Currently there are unconnected sidewalks and no bike facilities along the corridor. The current system does not adequately serve all transportation modes. The proposed project will connect to existing sidewalks at the project limits at MO 291 and Sterling Ave. The project also would include bike facilities which brings the corridor into compliance with the City of Independence Complete Streets Policy. The bicycle facilities and sidewalks would improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians, transit users, and cyclists along the corridor. This project will improve freight movement; create interconnectivity for all transportation modes.
10. Scope: The project is approximately 5 miles in length. This project would provide new center turn lane, new sidewalk, bike facilities, curb & gutter, push button pedestrian signals, upgraded traffic signals, sidewalk ramps, transit stop improvements, continuous street lighting, storm sewer improvements, retaining walls and street trees on US 24 Highway from MO 291 to S Sterling Ave. There would also be an extension of the Mill Creek Trail that connects to Mill Creek Park to the north. The section between River and Kiger will be part of the Truman Connect project in providing multimodel options to travel through western Independence. The goal is to better serve more transportation users and provide connections to current bus transit routes, existing sidewalks to the east and to trails. In essence, the transportation system in this area is designed to serve motorized vehicles. Pedestrians and bicyclists use the system as well, but must utilize the highway shoulder along most of the proposed project area. As it is, the system doesn’t adequately accommodate mobility aid users. The rationale for this project is to provide what the current system lacks creating connectivity and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and making it ADA compliant and transit user friendly.
11. Project schedule: Phase 1 (Transit stop improvements) 2019 Phase 2 (291 to College) 2020 Phase 3 (College to River) - 2022 Phase 4 (River to Sterling) - 2023 Phase 5 (Sterling to Wilson) - 2025

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