Summary of STP - Parallel Road and 158th Street Roadway/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: STP - Parallel Road and 158th Street Roadway/Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements
PA Agency type: City
PA Agency Name: Basehor, KS
PA Primary project mode: Roadway
PA Secondary project mode: Bike/Pedestrian
PA Project type: Road & Bridge - Roadway Operations
PA Project description: This project includes roadway rehabilitation, reconstruction and modernization for both Parallel and 158th streets in the vicinity of the Civic Campus and Basehor High School. This project also 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:

General Information

G1. TIP Number:
G2. State: Kansas
G3. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? Yes
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
1.00000
G7 Functional Classification: Minor Collector
G8 Connected KC 2050 Decade? 2020
G9 Muli-Agency Plan? No
Project implements components of the regional bikeway plan. Clean Air Action Plan. Safety Blueprint. Green Infrastructure Framework. CKC1519
G10 Included in a CIP? Yes
Project is included in 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? No
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 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. 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 decision was made to address and collect data related to various types of improvements for 155th Street and nearby roadways (Parallel/158th) that would address the voiced concerns as well as improve the overall quality of life of the Citizens. A variety of relevant public engagement tools and strategies have been utilized which involved collecting public feedback by hosting 155th Street Improvement (Town-halls), which led to increased interest in nearby projects. The survey (data collection tool) collected information that specifically – focused on the following. a. What should additional roadway/pedestrian improvement projects include as part of project scopes? b. Where should various project start and end? 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. These Town-halls were conducted in various venues throughout in the City to include conducting Town-halls at Church, our High School, library, senior housing units, city wide festival (Dairy Days), and a posting in local newspaper. 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). In 2019 another City Wide Survey was conducted that indicated individuals still had a high interest in improving 155th Street and nearby roadways (Parallel/158th St).
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 halls, the Planning Commission will conduct feedback and listening session, we will have 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. 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--------------- 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 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 consistent with building sustainable communities. The project includes improvements which connect 155th Street and our highschool, mixed density residential areas, and commercial areas with our developing civic campus on 158th Street. The project will incorporate green infrastructure and bike/ped amenities. This project will enable ongoing densification of development along 155th Street and over to 158th Street, thus offering a mix of recreational options with plentiful transportation choices. This projects 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 City has added 350 residential houses and a 64 unit apartment complex is nearing construction at Parallel and 158th Street.
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: Comprehensive Plan City of Basehor
 

Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 6250000 
STP Match amount: 1565220 
STP Year requested: 2024
Source of Local Match: City of Basehor Capital Improvement Program
 
Explain:
 
Scope Change: City will seek to maintain scope of project impact and increase local match or seek additional dollars from funding partners.
 
Cost by area:
Engineering: 918400
Equipment Purchase: 0
Right-of-Way: 50300
Other: 0
Utility Adjustment/Relocation: 197000
Program Implementation/Construction (including Construction Engineering/Inspection): 5639950
Contingency: 1020450
Total Estimated Project Cost: 7826100
 
Cost Breakdown by mode:
Highway: 80  %
Transit: 0  %
Bike: 8  %
Pedestrian: 7  %
Other: 5  %

Supporting Documents

Submitted (Public) comments

Jon D Gallion said...

This projec will upgrade approximately 1.5 miles of raodway to facilitate increased traffic flow due to new housing and new school building. It will also provide sidewalk and trail access to the library between areas that have senior houseing and the senior highschool for improved safety.

9/24/2020 12:16:29 PM


Tom Lally said...

I fully support this application. This project is critical for the safety of Basehor residents, especially children in all the residential areas impacted by the improvements.

9/25/2020 10:15:17 AM


Nicole Hashman said...

I live in Prairie Gardens and have two children who attend Basehor. My oldest, a sophomore, would like to be able to walk to and from school or school activities, but there is no safe way for her to do so. I support adding biking/sidewalks on Parallel and 158th.

9/25/2020 11:27:48 AM


Shari D Standiferd said...

This is an area of rapid growth feeding off of 155th. 158th is an area of a new elementary school and pre-k along with an entire new housing development under current construction. There is a need for safe car and bus travel but also pedestrians and bicycles as young people and adults go to school or the public library. This is also future home of city center so this area will continue with growth

9/26/2020 1:31:24 PM


Stacy Tatkenhorst said...

I fully support these improvements in our community, as they would make our community safer and provide more recreational opportunities.

9/27/2020 9:26:24 PM


Cheri Gallion said...

I believe this project will enhance the lives and safety of the residents of Basehor with a safe way to travel along Parallel and 158th St. instead of trying to navigate the streets which are not wide enough for walkers and bicycles. A sidewalk is a necessity for any major road any more and Basehor is lacking in; the area. Young and old will benefit from this project and It will greatly increase the value of property along this route also.

9/28/2020 8:48:51 PM


Traci Dockery said...

The application for improvements along 158th & Parallel has my full support. The high school is located on the corner of 155th and Parallel with entrances on both Parallel and 158th. As you travel down Parallel to 158th you will do so on a narrow two lane road with no access to sidewalks or bike paths on either side. The local library, a preschool and the Civic Center are located on 158th Street. When a citizen wants to access any of those facilities doing so by bicycle or walking puts that person at risk. Improving 158th & Parallel by including sidewalks, bike paths and increasing the width of the roadway would be a great benefit to the safety of our citizens.

9/29/2020 11:57:51 AM


Darla Miles said...

I have lived in Basehor for nearly 30 years. These improvements have been needed for many years. We have 6 children, they all attended Basehor schools, as well as my husband. The community is growing, and to have walking access to the schools, library, potentially a civic center would be so wonderful. This would be much safer as well. I have watched students, families, elderly walking along 155th st., and Parallel for years with traffic flowing very close to them.

10/4/2020 2:50:11 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 3:10:28 PM


Jane Breuer said...

This is badly needed for the community and has been for some time. With the growth aspects near this area - it only makes sense and would be highly utilized.

10/11/2020 11:37:04 AM



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