Summary of Peculiar Trail Extension Preliminary Plans


Contact Information

Organization: Peculiar
Contact person: Carl M. Brooks, PE, CFM
Title: City Engineer
Phone: 8167792228
Organization address: 250 S. Main Street
  Peculiar, MO    64078

General Information

1. Project name: Peculiar Trail Extension Preliminary Plans
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Peculiar, Cass County, Missouri
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: Peculiar Trail section 1 along Peculair Drive from YY Highway to 203rd Street. Trail Section 2 follows Peculiar Way from Peculiar Drive to Harper Road and then south to Peculiars Public Works complex.
4. Primary project mode: Active Transportation 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation )
Bike: Peculiar Drive, Harper Road and Peculiar Way will be equipped with a bike route promoting non-motorized traffic to and from a new commercial center, local neighborhoods, and the School District campus. The lack of a bike roadway from Peculiar Drive to Route Y is a major barrier to non-motorized travel and the project will provide a roadway mitigating this barrier. Pedestrian: The Trails will allow for pedestrian traffic along Peculiar Drive, Harper Road and Peculiar Way. As with other modes of transportation, interconnected and shorter, safer routes will be provided.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) )
7. Project sponsor: Carl Brooks
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $187500
9. Project description: This project will develop the preliminary plans for two new walking trail sections. TS1 is 2.2 miles long and follows the abandoned St. Louis-Chicago railroad right-of-way from YY Highway north to 203rd Street. This will provide 3.3 miles of uninterrupted trail. TS2 is 1.6 miles long and will follow the City’s right-of-way on Peculiar Way (formerly known as 211th Street), from Peculiar Drive west to Harper Road and then south on Harper Road to the new Public Works/Utilities Maintenance Facility Building complex. TS2 will connect to the future 80+-acre Homer Dunsworth Memorial Park, northeast of the Public Works Building complex on Harper Road. As a “community-sized” park, Dunsworth Park will be a major activity center once it’s fully developed. Peculiar’s residents will be the primary user. The trail sections will connect residents who live near the downtown area to the current and proposed subdivisions to the north and vice versa. Peculiar’s current trail system is 2.74 miles long and has five sections: 1. McKernan Sidewalk is .39 miles of concrete sidewalk from Centennial Street to C Highway. 2. C Hwy Sidewalk along C Hwy from City Hall to C/J Bridge over I -49; and is 0.67 miles of concrete. 3. Highline Trail is .72 miles of asphalt trail from Highway C/J to YY Highway. 4. North Pointe Trail is .21 miles of asphalt trail from 213th Street to 211th Street. 5. Raisbeck Nature Trail is .75 miles of gravel trail in Raisbeck Park. It does not connect to the other trail sections. TS1 will connect the existing Highline Trail to the North Pointe Trail, adding 1.25 miles to the existing trails, and then travel north to 203rd Street, another 0.95 miles. TS2 will intersect TS1 at Peculiar Way and Peculiar Drive, and follow Peculiar Way to Harper Road and then south on Harper Road, 1.6 miles. TS1 will intersect with Peculiar Way, which leads to the Ray-Pec School District Complex; a MARC-designated activity center. MoDOT and the City of Peculiar recently completed the interchange at I-49 & Peculiar Way, which provides easy I-49 access to/from the northern parts of Peculiar. TS1 will intersect the proposed 211th Street Corridor, which is a transportation priority for Peculiar. When developed, Peculiar Way will be a divided, multi-lane roadway with wide medians to safely accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Peculiar Way will have mixed-use development, including commercial and light industrial development. In the future, TS1 will connect with a planned Belton/Cass County trail (MetroGreen Cass 05), via the railroad right-of-way. TS1 will connect to the entire MetroGreen Trail System through the Rock Island Railroad Corridor, the St. Louis-Chicago Railroad Corridor, and to the Katy Trail. It will also connect with a “Priority 2” rail-to-trail section (Cass 03) connecting to Harrisonville. TS2 will connect TS1 to the new Public Works/Utilities Maintenance Facility Building complex and an 80+-acre Dunsworth Park, a future community-sized park. The land use plan for this area includes light industrial, heavy industrial, commercial, and medium-density residential.
10. Scope: With these planning funds, the City will engage a consulting design/engineering firm through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), to help develop the project’s preliminary plan. The consultant will work with City staff members to develop a scope and fee, and develop a preliminary alignment and plans for TS1 and TS2. This project will provide concept-level design plans that generate cost estimates for future final engineering and construction phases. The plan will ensure development will provide for future transportation options; supporting all means of transportation, including pedestrians and bicycles. The plan will determine trail configuration, pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, landscaping and aesthetic treatment, and amenities needed to remain consistent with the adjacent land uses. The plan will ensure the natural areas are preserved to support the planned development and transportation infrastructure. The 2015 Comprehensive Plan identifies the 211th Street Corridor as one of the two highest priority projects that will encourage the City’s anticipated future development. Both trail sections will follow standard construction guidelines for urban trails and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The trail paths will be 10 feet wide with 14 feet of total clearing and at least eight feet of clear height. All slopes will be less than 8.3%, or match existing roadway slopes, and the cross-section slope will be less than 2%. The trail paths will be a minimum of four inches of recycled surface asphalt (APWA Type 3-01) laid on a six-inch gravel base. Both trail sections will have multiple access points, landscaping, benches, and other amenities to provide comfort for users. The City selected the two trail sections based on information gathered from the 2017 Parks and Recreation Citizen Survey and the City’s Comprehensive Plan, updated in 2015. This project is the first step in planning and developing these two sections of Peculiar’s trail plan. At the end of this project, the City will have complete preliminary plans, with preliminary cost estimates, that will allow the City to proceed to Phase 2, developing the technical construction/engineering plans, which will lead to Phase 3, trail construction.
11. Project schedule: This is a planning project so the result will be technical design plans, specifications, and cost estimates for the Peculiar Trail Extensions. Grant award: October 1, 2018; City releases RFQ for design firms: November 1, 2018; RFQ responses due: December 1, 2018; City evaluates submitted RFQ documents: December 15, 2018; City Coucil approves the selected RFQ: January 21, 2019; Winning firm receives the notice to procedd: March 1, 2019; Winning firm completes final plan: September 1, 2019.

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Alexandria Coleman said...

I think this is very important for our community. I use the existing trail almost daily but have to either drive or cross sometimes dangerous traffic to access it. Expanding the trail will make it accessible to many more neighborhoods.

7/2/2019 5:20:49 PM

Maria Buller said...

I think this project will serve the community well by promoting active lifestyles. Also, I think that having these added benefits promotes the economic development of housing in the area.

7/2/2019 5:22:14 PM

Bryan Barcomb said...

Really need to extend this project South on Peculiar drive at least to the Bridle Trail sub-division. Residents can not safely walk to any location in Peculiar. The only paved path is the South Peculiar drive road where drivers do not share the road!

7/13/2019 10:36:43 AM

Ted Ingalls said...

Connecting the existing rail trail to the trail and sidewalks at the Peculiar Way Interchange would be a significant benefit to making Peculiar significantly more walkable. The existing section of rail trail gets significant use, but that would increase by a factor of 2 at least if neighborhoods on the north side of peculiar had access to the trail, including the Ray-Pec school complex. Essentially this trail would connect the two areas of peculiar that see the most pedestrian traffic, both now, and especially in the future as the Peculiar Way Interchange area develops.

7/24/2019 12:55:12 PM


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