Summary of TAP - Parallel Road and 158th Street Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements

Basehor, KS

Contact Information

Organization: Basehor, KS
Contact person: Gene Myracle
Title: City Superintendent
Phone: (913) 724-2000
E-mail: citysuper@cityofbasehor.org
Organization address: 2620 N. 155th Street
  Basehor, KS    66007


Pre-Application Information

PA Project title/name: TAP - Parallel Road and 158th Street Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements
PA Agency type: City
PA Agency Name: Basehor, KS
PA Primary project mode: Bike/Pedestrian
PA Secondary project mode: Roadway
PA Project type: Non-Motorized Transportation - Recreation Trails
PA Project description: This project implements Metrogreen and regional bikeway system in areas of greatest need and growth in the city of Basehor. Inadequate bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure exist along Parallel Rd and 158th Street leaving little options for safe mobility choices. This project directly connects to programmed improvements on 155th Street. These improvements would directly benefit existing area high school and community’s civic campus and activity center which will include new elementary school, city park, early learning center, community library and recreational trails area. Project will include multi-use path along Parallel and 158th Street, safe pedestrian crossings, off road trail along and identified Metrogreen corridor. Project will include street trees, native grasses and stormwater BMPs.
PA Connected KC 2050 Project Number: Yes
PA Connected KC 2050 underlying strategies selected
PA Strategies Description: This project directly advances the following strategies: Centers and Corridors; Promotion of climate protection & resilience; Prioritizing investments; Air Quality; Complete/Green Streets; Green Infrastructure, Mode Mode choices, safety; system efficiency; system preservation; trails & bikeways; urban heat islands. The project will provide improved multi-modal transportation infrastructure where none exist today, in an area with great potential for future bicycle pedestrian traffic, thus improving safety for all users. Project will be first Metrogreen project in Basehor, which will directly connect two activity centers in the heart of the community. The project provides a safe way to move people outside of their cars, between their high school, civic campus, 155th Street and the city’s downtown. Project will include a combination of hard infrastructure and green infrastructure to include stormwater best management practices (native landscaping/ bioretention areas/plentiful street trees), in an effort to reduce runoff and improve water quality. City expects improved facilities will allow for people to walk/bike more instead of driving, especially considering central location of the project in the community.
PA Complete Streets Description: Both Parallel Rd and 158 street provide no bike/ped infrastructure but directly link existing high school and civic campus. Some portions drop off into a deep ditch, pedestrians have nowhere to walk which creates a dangerous situation. To address this, the project will include: •Shared (bike/ped) multi-use path on north side of road (Parallel) and west side of 158th Street. •Stormwater management & water quality BMPs including green infrastructure and bioswales/retention areas with use of street trees. •Off-street trail directly connecting civic campus to 155th St along MetroGreen corridor
PA Safety: Added facilities for pedestrians along roadways (currently non-existing) including a multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists, connecting to programmed improvements at 155th St (also in proximity of high school).
PA Air Quality: Strategies will be incorporated that allow for safer alternatives to driving automobiles (multi-use bike/ped path; tree canopy; native vegetation). Tree canopy and green space will be increased along corridor and in the vicinity of Basehor community center and high school.
PA Conservation: Natural Resource Inventory shows medium to high forest restoration value along 158th Street right of way and along planned Metrogreen corridor through Basehor. Commensurate with this identified priority, the project will include native grasses, tree canopy, bioretention areas, along streamway corridor.
PA Environment: Natural Resource Inventory shows medium to high forest restoration value along 158th Street right of way and along planned Metrogreen corridor through Basehor. Commensurate with this identified priority, the project will include native grasses, tree canopy, bioretention areas, along streamway corridor.
PA Funding
CMAQ
STP/STBG
TAP/STP Set Aside
PA Travel Lane: False
PA Congestion Management Measures Selected:
Access Management:
Active Transportation
Highway
Land Use
Parking
Regulatory>
TDM
Transit
Transportation Operations and Management
PA CMT Description: This is not a currently a congested corridor and no travel lanes are being added. CM Toolbox strategies are being implemented to alleviate potential future congestion and to achieve safety/quality of life/environmental benefits.
PA SOV Capacity: N/A
PA Pre-application Statement: No changes made
PA Pre-application Statement Text: Scope of work has been clarified for TAP application. Bike/Ped elements only have been submitted as part of this application. Roadway elements have been removed from original project preapplication submission. Project cost and request has been adjusted.

General Information

G1. TIP Number:
G2. State: Kansas
G3. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? No
Yes. Partnership and funding anticipated from Leavenworth County. Potential funding from School District
G4 Project contact: Gene Myracle Jr. City Superintendent City of Basehor, KS Office # 913-724-2000 citysuper@cityofbasehor.org
G5 Purpose and need: This project implements Metrogreen and regional bikeway system in areas of greatest need and growth in the city of Basehor. Inadequate bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure exist along Parallel Rd and 158th Street leaving little options for safe mobility choices. This project directly connects to programmed improvements on 155th Street. These improvements would directly benefit existing area high school and community’s civic campus and activity center which will include new elementary school, city park, early learning center, community library and recreational trails area. Project will include multi-use path along Parallel and 158th Street, safe pedestrian crossings, off road trail along and identified Metrogreen corridor. Project will include street trees, native grasses and stormwater BMPs.
 
G6. Origin and ending
  Route:
  From:
  To:
  Length (Miles):
Parallel Rd
Garden Parkway & 158th Street
Parallel Road and 155th Street
1.30000
G7 Functional Classification: Minor Collector
G8 Connected KC 2050 Decade? 2020
G9 Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
Project implements components of the regional bikeway plan. Clean Air Action Plan. Safety Blueprint. Green Infrastructure Framework.
G10 Included in a CIP? Yes
Included in Citys Capital Improvement Plan
G11 Planning stage: Conceptual Plan
G12 Reviewed by state DOT? No
G13 Right-of-Way acquisition: Not started
G14 ROW by local public agency process manual? Yes
G15 Other unique local goals and objectives? Yes
Projects address residents desires for for sidewalks/bike infrastructure/trails, as identified in September 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey by ETC. This survey results identified this type of facility as the most pressing infrastructure need in the city. 64% of residents ranked this type of infrastructure among the most important city capital improvement project for the continuous success for the city of Basehor. This ranked even higher than street maintenance.
G16 Transportation Disadvantaged Population: The overarching goal of the Parallel/158th Street Bike/Pedestrian Improvement Project is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Basehor. To be very specific, Parallel/158th Street is located within the heart of the city . During the last 20 years, this City and specifically this corridor has seen tremendous growth (from approx. 1000 to 6000 citizens). This level of growth has led to an increasing need to safely provide sidewalks, bike paths, multiple use paths that will serve this fully developed residential neighborhood a with population of all ages, which include veterans, people with disabilities, and elementary/middle/high school students. Improving this project would have an impact on the mixed population. Demographic data indicates the residents living in and within a three (3) block spread of Parallel/158th Street are predominantly working age, with many young families with school age children. Our largest track of our elderly population resides along our main road. Along this corridor are three of the four senior housing facilities located in the city. As a result, the transportation needs of seniors without privately own transportation becomes challenging. It is believed that the Parallel/158th Street bike/ped Improvement project will improve the quality of life by providing better multi-modal connections for residents and visitors to jobs and services. An advantage to our transportation disadvantaged population will be found in providing a safe continuous connection from long-established neighborhoods to the activity centers located within the city. Additional advantages would be to improve quality of life which will result in better connections for residents and visitors to jobs and services.
G17 Relevant Public Engagement: A 2012 Citywide survey clearly identified the lack of sidewalks as being a major priority need for infrastructure for this city. All findings from the implemented strategies were shared with the public on the City’s Web page (and social media outlets). Additional feedback was also collected (secondary data) to include data related to dynamic transportation uses (pedestrian, cyclist), restraints to active transportation option as well as potential walking/biking enhancements needed. The linkage between the City’s activity centers continue to be challenging for individuals without a mode of transportation (other than walking). Prior to the 2012 Citywide survey, conversations with key players concerned about the safety of residents (to include the Library, School District and the Leavenworth County Commissioners) were conducted. These conversations had resulted in several brain storming sessions related to decreasing the challenges (and improving safety). Consequently, a supported effort and support for this project (from community leaders and citizen) had resulted in making this project a high prior (which, lead to the submission of this application for funding). More and more concerns were being shared as the community grew from approx. 1000 to 6000 citizens over the last 20 years. These concerns clearly began to highlight the lack of sidewalks that are impacting the accessibility to our activity centers and other public services. A variety of relevant public engagement tools and strategies have been utilized which involved collecting public feedback by hosting 155th Street Improvement (Town-halls). These town-halls created interest in improvements in surrounding areas. In addition, information was collected on 158th Street The survey (data collection tool) collected information that specifically – focused on the following. a. Should sidewalks be included in any improvements for the project? b. Where should the project start and end? c. What are other complementary projects which should be considered. However: additional feedback was also collected (secondary data) included data related to dynamic transportation uses (pedestrian, cyclist), restraints to active transportation option as well as potential walking/biking enhancements needed. In addition to the Town-halls, the same information provided during the Town-halls was also posted as a video presentation (along with the data collection tool) to the City’s Website (including social media outlets) for citizens to use and share with others. The public engagement strategy includes several one-on-one discussions with individuals. All findings from the data collection tool and other implemented strategies were shared with the public on the City’s Web page (and social media outlets). Finally, in 2019 another City Wide Survey was conducted that indicated individuals still had a high interest in improving bike and pedestrian facilities throughout the city.
G18 Planned Public Engagement: We will conduct a robust citizen-wide engagement process. The 2019 Direction Finder ® survey proved our community is eager to engage. Therefore, we intend to use all tools available to us as a way to generate interest and ownership in this project development. The Governing Body will conduct Town Hall meetings, the Planning Commission will conduct feedback and listening session, in addition to public meetings, neighborhood outreach, web and social media, we will seek to use mailed flyers, utilize the schools web based communication methods, pace advertisements with the Basehor community Library, place yard signs, and work with the Leavenworth County Times on purchased ads. We will also work with property managers for our senior housing and income restricted residential developments, VFW is a committed communication partner as well. Through the PSP application process we learned we have an active cycling community. We will work closely with them as a partner to ensure our project improves safety and access for the bicyclists. We will work with the local library to help promote the project development process. We will seek an engagement partner with a proven track record for engaging diverse audiences, especially in light of COVID-19. We will use social media to promote events and encourage discussion. We will also leverage the diversity of our partners in the steering committee to ensure everyone’s voice in the community is heard.
G19 Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living-------Compact, Walkable Centers--- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network---Context Appropriate Streets------- Energy Efficient Buildings & Sites---Green Infrastructure-------Integrated Trail System--- ----Natural Resources Protection-------Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- Renewable Energy-----------Strong Suburban Downtown--- Transit-Ready Corridors---Tree Preservation-
G19.1 Describe PSP relationship: This projects focus is to significantly improve or provide bicycle pedestrian facilities for transportation and recreation, in a more natural setting which seeks to provide tree canopy and reduce stormwater flows and improve water quality. The project will address areas of concern identified as restoration priorities by MARC by adding green infrastructure wherever possible. The project will seek to make the newly developing Civic Campus and areas leading to the citys historical downtown, high school and commercial corridos transit ready by identifying locations for stops, including transit stop infrastructure, for any future transit or rideshare vehicles. The project will use state of the art technology (energy efficient and/or solar powered) in signage and traffic control equipment to achieve maximum energy efficiency.
G20 Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? No
This project does not advance a specific PSP study. However, the project seeks to implement many of the goals and concepts which are consistent with building sustainable communities. The project includes improvements which connect 155th Street and our downtown, high school, mixed density residential areas, and commercial areas with our developing civic campus on 158th Street. Project will incorporate green infrastructure, bike/ped amenities. We hope this project will enable ongoing densification of development along 155th Str and over to 158th Str, thus offering a mix of recreational options with plentiful transportation choices. This project’s design will account and allow for future transit shelters and stops identified as priority county needs in KCATAs Leavenworth County Transit PSP study. In summary, although this project does not directly implement a PSP study, it does seek to implement most of elements which typically arise from similar work.
G21 Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
Less-Intense and Less-Walkable Centers We believe this activity center is inaccurately not listed as a "moderately developed activity center" due to recent completed development activity. The Activity Center at Parallel Rd and 155th is the only district high school. Grayhawk Elementary is opening in area with 215 new students. The new Early Learning Center will have 90 students and 25 staff members. The area around these activity centers has added 350 residential housing units and a 64 unit apartment complex is nearing construction.
G22 Environmental justice tracts? No
This project does not directly serve an environmental justice tract. However, significant minority or low income populations do exist in the project area. For example, the 2019 local school enrollment in district is 7% African American; 20% Hispanic and 9.2 % other. Free and reduced lunch is 12% at the High School, and 10% at the Glenwood Ridge Elementary School, 13% at the intermediate school. There are also income restricted older adult residential developments within the project area. Also, existing pedestrian infrastructure is antiquated and not accessible to people with disabilities. Given the nature of this project which would improve pedestrian connections, provide transportation and recreational bike/ped options, eliminate gaps, and enhance the tree canopy, these populations would all be directly benefited by these improvements as they would now be able to travel to school, shopping on foot safely and comfortably.
G23 Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
This project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Major elements of the project include the closing of any sidewalk gaps and addition of a multi-use bicycle pedestrian path along Parallel Road and 158th Street. The project will also include a segment of off-street trail along the Hog Creek metrogreen trail corridor. It will be safer and more comfortable to travel outside of a car. We anticipate that this will lead to some shifting of transportation trips from driving ones own car to a bicycle/pedestrian trip. The project will also add green infrastructure in the form of enhanced tree canopy, native grasses, reduction of piped stormwater for more natural drainage systems, all of which will have a positive effect on mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. These various project elements will also be used as educational opportunities with the local high school, etc.
G24 Natural Resource information: Natural Resource Inventory shows medium to high forest restoration value along 158th Street right of way and along planned Metrogreen corridor through Basehor. Commensurate with this identified priority, the project will include native grasses, tree canopy, bioretention areas, along streamway corridor. This project will implement segments of the regional bikeway network and also a segment of a Metrogreen trail system through city (first one in city) towards the new civic campus.
G25 Community Links at Watershaed Scale: Project area exists near ridge line and in headwaters of Hog Creek/Little Stranger Creek, which drain into Kaw River. Hog creek, of poor stream riparian health, drains most heavily urbanized/ urbanizing areas in Basehor. Areas to the east of Hog Creek and 155th Str include the Citys downtown, major existing commercial corridors and residential areas. Commercial areas are currently expanding towards the southern end of this project (near State Avenue). The City is also constructing a civic campus within 1/8 mile of Hog Creek and 155th Str. Information provided by MARC indicates areas along 155th ROW to be of "high" forest restoration priorities. This project will use various green infrastructure strategies to improve stream health, serve as model for public and private improvements and leverage green infrastructure for nearby high school in educational activities. These strategies will reduce rainwater runoff, and improve water quality and stream riparian areas health. Maps attached.
G26 Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: City of Basehor Comprehensive Plan
 

Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 500000 
STP Match amount: 1318380 
STP Year requested: 2024
TAP Federal amount: 500000 
TAP Match amount: 1318380 
TAP Year requested: 2024
Source of Local Match: Capital Improvement Plan City of Basehor.
 
Explain:
 
Scope Change: City will aim to maintain scope of project and increase match. County of Leavenworth and Basehor-Linwood School District will contribute match, pending negotiation.
 
Cost by area:
Engineering: 212500
Equipment Purchase: 0
Right-of-Way: 18750
Other: 0
Utility Adjustment/Relocation: 5250
Program Implementation/Construction (including Construction Engineering/Inspection): 1345680
Contingency: 236200
Total Estimated Project Cost: 1818380
 
Cost Breakdown by mode:
Highway: 0  %
Transit: 0  %
Bike: 45  %
Pedestrian: 45  %
Other: 10  %

Supporting Documents

Submitted (Public) comments

Tom Lally said...

I fully support this application. The improvements are critical to the safety of Basehor residents, especially families and children.

9/25/2020 10:17:10 AM


Shari D Standiferd said...

A survey was submitted to Basehor city residents last year At the top of the list was public trails and green space. We as a city are working towards more parks, trails and green space by working with developers and grant funding to help our citizens move towards what is important to them for quality of life

9/26/2020 1:43:19 PM


Stacy Tatkenhorst said...

Trails for pedestrian use are something our growing community has been asking for. I fully support this application.

9/27/2020 9:28:47 PM


Traci Dockery said...

Basehor is a growing community with more and more young families moving to the city. Providing paths to connect the residents to the park, schools and other areas throughout the city would allow citizens to safely travel from one destination to the next. I fully support this application and the benefits that it would provide to our citizens.

9/29/2020 12:19:22 PM


Larry Berkey said...

Im in support of multi-use trails in our community for we have more young family moving to the area.This would provide them with a safe alternative for outside activities.

10/5/2020 6:10:12 AM


Bill Hatfield said...

Enhanced sidewalks and trails have been needed (for both safety and public use) for the past 20 years or more. Patrons of all ages will benefit from this project.

10/5/2020 3:12:48 PM


Bill Hatfield said...

Enhanced sidewalks and trails have been needed (for both safety and public use) for the past 20 years or more. Patrons of all ages will benefit from this project.

10/5/2020 4:56:48 PM


Taylor oropez said...

I live right I. This area. Fully support!

10/8/2020 9:31:35 AM



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