Holmes Road Roadway Improvements

Location: Kansas City, Missouri   Client: City of Kansas City, Missouri
Services: Design, Survey, Construction Observation and Administration   Expertise: Transportation

Project Overview

The City had an existing study of the Holmes corridor, which included the area between 137th Street and Blue Ridge Road. The first phase is currently underway with a thorough scope study to create a design that met all their criteria. With our responsiveness to City staff and the Martin City business owners input, we are address key issues of vertical alignment, drainage, trail connectivity, streetscaping and the railroad crossing. Our design maximized accessibility for multiple modes of transportation.

We created a base map from surveying and found a spot near Jack Stack and existing right-of-way line that needed addressing. Immediately north of the 135th Street corridor, our design will sculpt the curve by lengthening and lowering the curve so that the east right-of-way would drain towards the road and so that it would not affect the private property beyond it. Drainage issues are being addressed by enclosing drainage and incorporating right-of-way BMPs or Linear BMPs. We had an opportunity to provide and fulfill a vision to incorporate trail connectivity on this project. Our streetscaping approach included multimodal access, signage and other softscape elements to create a welcoming environment. Through our contacts and research, we finalized a three-lane road reconstruction design, with railroad crossing design and alternatives, curb and gutter specifics, and a sidewalk and trail design. Projected construction completion is 2020.

Project Highlights

  • Addressed key issues of vertical alignment, drainage, trail connectivity, streetscaping and the railroad crossing
  • Design maximized accessibility for multimodal transportation
  • Enclosed drainage and incorporating right-of-way BMPs or Linear BMPs are being implemented to address drainage issues
  • Multimodal access, signage and other softscape elements to create a welcoming environment

Project Manager

Jay Burress, PE, ENV SP