Summary of Rosedale University Town Complete Streets Project

Unified Government

Contact Information

Organization: Unified Government
Contact person: Zach Flanders
Title: Urban Planner
Phone: 913-573-5759
Organization address: 701 NORTH 7TH STREET, SUITE 423
  KANSAS CITY, KS    66101

General Information

1. Project name: Rosedale University Town Complete Streets Project
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard from 47th Avenue to Southwest Boulevard
4. Primary project mode: Active Transportation 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Highway/Roadway * Transit )
The project will enhance transportation options for all modes of transportation. The University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center is a major institution that is projected to continue its rapid growth and expansion. With the influx of people in the area, the Unified Government is pursuing transportation and land use strategies to effectively move people in and around the area. This project includes a combination of a multi-use sidepath trail on Rainbow Boulevard and on-street protected two-way cycletrack on 39th Street. The project includes enhanced transit facilities and operations on Rainbow Boulevard. The project also maintains vehicular facilities to ensure acceptable traffic operations. The project is paired with land use strategies to increase density around the major corridors within the activity center. This project is an implementation step of the Rosedale University Town Planning Sustainable Places Plan.
6. Project Purpose: * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Zach Flanders
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $24000000
9. Project description: This project is intended to create a multi-modal environment where motorists, pedestrians, transit users, and people on bikes can use the transportation system safely and effectively. With the growth in the area, driven by the University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center, the Unified Government is pursing land use and transportation strategies that will create a mode shift from single occupancy vehicles to walking, biking, and transit. This includes increasing the housing supply through land use and zoning strategies and providing transportation facilities that enable people to walk, bike and use transit. This shift is necessary to ensure the continued functionality of the transportation system. The current growth trends cannot be accommodated with the current mode split without significant roadway capacity increases that would create an unsustainable maintenance burden and are contrary to the adopted vision and goals of the community. The project provides a pedestrian and bicycle connection between the proposed bike lanes on 47th Street, the 39th Street corridor, and the existing bike lanes on Southwest Boulevard. This fills a critical gap in the bicycle connectivity network between Johnson County, Wyandotte County, and Kansas City, Missouri while serving a major destination and employment center, the University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center.
10. Scope: This project includes: - Maintaining four (4) vehicle travel lanes (two in each direction) on Rainbow Boulevard with dedicated left turn lanes at Southwest Boulevard, Rainbow Extension, 36th Avenue, Adams Street, 39th Street, and 43rd Street. - Adding an 8 - 12 foot multi-use side path from Southwest Boulevard to 47th Street. This sidepath provides a pedestrian and bicycle connection between the proposed bike lanes on 47th Street and the existing bike lanes on Southwest Boulevard. The sidepath would run along the west side of the street from Southwest Boulevard to 36th Avenue, cross Rainbow at 36th Avenue, and run on the east side of the street from 36th Avenue to 47th Avenue. - 39th Avenue will maintain two (2) travel lanes (one in each direction), and dedicated left turn lanes at Rainbow Boulevard, Cambridge Street, and State Line Road. -Adding a protected on-street two-way cycle track on the north side of 39th Avenue. - Enhanced bus stops with shelters and real time arrival displays - Mobility hub area at 39th and Adams Street for convenient transfers between the 107, 39, and 11 bus routes, bike and scooter share, and potentially car share or other mobility options.
11. Project schedule: Phase 1 – 36th street to 43rd Street: 2023 Phase 2 – 36th Street to Southwest Boulevard: 2025 Phase 3 – 43rd Street to 47th Street: 2027

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Erin Stryka said...

This project will fill important gaps in our current transportation network, especially for bus riders, pedestrians and bike riders by connecting the bike lanes on Southwest Boulevard with the planned Complete Street on 47th Ave. It will contribute to a much smoother and safer flow of traffic throughout the neighborhood. The University Town Plan is the product of intensive community engagement and a lot of thoughtful planning about how to more effectively move people around Rosedale, and how to accomodate the growth happening in our area. Including the Rosedale University Town Plan in RTP 2050 will have a huge impact on our neighborhood, on the hospital and university, and on surrounding areas.

7/25/2019 5:00:19 PM

Marisa Butler said...

I am in support of this measure. Traffic calming and bike infrastructure are desperately needed in this area. This plan seems well thought out and considerate of all commuters.

7/25/2019 5:28:29 PM

Sam said...

Not only will this project fulfill the goals and needs of the Rosedale and KUMED areas in regards to transportation improvement needs but it reinforces to area residents that Rosedale is valued beyond our borders. We have a unique history and current role in the KCK metro area. Help us to continue to improve and remain attractive to current and future Rosedale residents.

7/25/2019 5:58:39 PM

Billy Brame said...

I enthusiastically support this plan for our community.

7/25/2019 6:28:32 PM

Courtney B said...

With friends and family that regularly bike through this neighborhood, I enthusiastically support this proposal, and making pedestrian traffic in this area safer. It will make businesses and organizations in this area easier to access, and continue to make this corner of Rosedale a more welcoming community.

7/25/2019 7:47:07 PM

Travis Andrews said...

The amount of traffic at this intersection needs help. This plan is way to address some of these issues.

7/26/2019 11:47:32 AM

Helen Bartlett said...

I think its great that Wyandotte County is taking this initiative to create better and safer ways for cars, pedestrians and cyclists to navigate through what is already a very congested area. My only concern would be where the money comes from for the cost of this as Wyandotte has one of the highest tax rates in the area and has burdened property owners like myself in the past several years with constant and unreasonable tax hikes making it difficult for small business owners like myself.

7/26/2019 3:21:25 PM

Brooke Rodriguez said...

I support this plan and look forward to the growth and upgrade to current transportation systems covered in this plan. This plan will help to support a healthier and active community.

7/26/2019 6:50:55 PM

Valorie Wells Fenton said...

As a State Line resident, I endure the rush hour congestion, Monday -Friday, Wednesday KUMC traffic creeps along from traffic signal at 43rd to 4 way stop signs on 45th. I can only hope that better traffic flow and multi-modal use of Rainbow Blvd will also alleviate that frequent slow down.

7/27/2019 9:06:24 AM

Ellie Haire said...

Rosedale is ready and excited for development along this corridor. I am fully in support of this venture.

7/27/2019 11:44:06 AM

Stephanie Reynolds said...

I know there are multiple options for the Rainbow corridor; I believe this choice to focus on the addition of a side path gives our community a lot of "bang for its buck." Im eager to see the final project!

7/28/2019 11:42:05 AM

Beth Ciperson said...

Very positive improvement. I have biked to Sunday Farmers Mkt on Rainbow from 46th-45th. ( I live btwn State Line and Rainbow); to KU Med. ( dr chosen upon starting Medicare); to Fisher Park and to Walmart on 47th St. I think the surrounding KCK neighborhoods can only become stronger, more vibrant and hopefully have KU Med commuters see the benefits and value of living and investing in our communities.

7/28/2019 12:54:25 PM

Alissa W said...

I support the Rosedale University Town Plan being included in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) 2050. As someone who works in the area and frequents the shops/services there, it is the most desirable way to meet the needs of all commuters and support positive growth of the Rosedale community!

7/29/2019 10:46:12 AM

Rachel Russell (Henderson) said...

I am in support of this venture. I believe it has the best interest of Rosedale residents and community in mind. Thanks for your consideration.

7/29/2019 4:19:41 PM

Nathan Griffin said...

I fully support this project and the enhancements it would bring to all modes of transportation along Rainbow Boulevard. As the area continues to grow, I believe this will be a huge benefit for the area.

8/2/2019 12:39:54 PM

Rachel Moreno said...

I support this plan!

8/14/2019 2:12:04 PM

Alison L McAfee said...

This is wonderful news! Anything that makes this neighborhood more bike/pedestrian/public transport accessible the better! I would love for the campus and area in general to become less car-centric and more accessible by non-motorized modes of transportation.

8/14/2019 2:59:14 PM

Elsa B Rainey said...

In full support of development that encourages more people to walk and bike. We have to find a solution to the traffic congestion in this area. Nearby neighborhoods would benefit from the investment in wellness.

8/14/2019 3:24:00 PM

Ruth Kunakhovich said...

This plan is one that has been brought to the community and thought out and carefully vetted. We support this plan because we feel that it supports our unique neighborhood and it serves the needs of the different populations that live, work and pass through here. Having lived in this area for the past 10 years, we have expressed the desire for a more wholistic transit plan, and this addresses that!

8/14/2019 3:51:16 PM

Ruth Kunakhovich said...

This plan is one that has been brought to the community and thought out and carefully vetted. We support this plan because we feel that it supports our unique neighborhood and it serves the needs of the different populations that live, work and pass through here. Having lived in this area for the past 10 years, we have expressed the desire for a more wholistic transit plan, and this addresses that!

8/14/2019 3:51:16 PM

Janelle Quinlan said...

I fully support the additional space for pedestrians and bikes, but the bike share program has historically failed in KCMO, why not offer motorized transport instead like bird, lime or alternate company willing to front the cost and not add the cost onto the city? Plus the hill on Rainbow is to steep for a novice bike rider to climb up. I live on state line/ Eaton and the neighborhood has been asking for years to have sidewalks available (people walk in the street currently) before you improve other areas.

8/15/2019 4:37:30 PM

Natasha Derakhshanian said...

I support this plan! I value a multi modal neighborhood and believe this is a well thought out system.

8/16/2019 10:45:16 PM

Jacob Lowe said...

This area needs road diets, traffic calming, and better multi-modal transportation facilities. Please eliminate the 4-lane "stroads" in this area. Rainbow especially needs a road diet and does not need to be 4-lanes wide.

8/18/2019 3:28:31 PM


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