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Mission Road projects to be discussed

Post Date:04/29/2015 10:13 AM

Members of the public are invited to the May 4, 2015 Council Committee meeting at 6:00 p.m. to comment and share feedback on the City of Prairie Village’s County Assistance Road System (CARS) plan for 2016. The CARS program provides funds to the cities of Johnson County to construct and maintain major arterial roads. County funds cover nearly half of construction for eligible roads. Discussion will occur at the 6:00 meeting, with formal approval at the 7:30 p.m. City Council meeting.

It is the city staff's recommendation that Mission Road from 75th Street to 83rd Street be identified as the city’s CARS project for 2016 construction based on the rapidly deteriorating condition of the street. The project will include resurfacing the roadway and sidewalk improvements. This project is currently identified in the five year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and preparations have been made for a proper submittal.

Recently, the idea to reconfigure Mission Road from 71st Street to 75th Street has been requested for consideration. Residents have expressed concerns about pedestrian safety as the result of the sidewalk abutting the street and a rock retaining wall on the backside of the sidewalk. This section of road is not listed on the five year street plan. The idea includes narrowing the identified portion of Mission Road from four lanes to two lanes, with a center turn lane to allow more space for a better pedestrian experience.

Narrowing an arterial city street requires significantly more study and public input than a standard overlay project. A capital improvement project of this size and scope typically takes 18 months to plan which provides sufficient time to include a traffic study, determine project feasibility, engineering plans, and opportunities for public input at design sessions. These items have not yet been completed for this alternate project.

City Council identified Mission Road from 71st to 75th Street as a priority during their April work session. City staff recommends this section be considered for the 2017 CARS project with a thorough, thoughtful design process in 2016 to develop a quality project.

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