Metcalf Avenue/Shawnee Mission Parkway Transit Improvements
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The Metcalf/Shawnee Mission P arkway corridor received $10.7 million of a $50 million regional TIGER grant. These funds will be used to finance transit improvements along Met calf Avenue and Shawnee Mission Parkway, which is an urban corridor network that is identified in the Smart Moves transit vi sion.
Along the Metcalf / SMP corridor, the project will include:
Eighteen transit station pairs
three park-and-ride facilities;
pedestrian access improvements along Metcalf Avenue from 87th Street to College Boulevard; pedestrian access and roadway improvements at Broadmoor and Martway
a transit signal priority system which will improve bus movement, timing and efficiency;
and a transit center adjacent to Mission’s downtown.
Planned Improvements in Mission
Mission Transit Center
Plans for the Mission Transit Center (5251 Johnson Drive, former "Cap Fed bank site"), have been reviewed and approved by the Mission Planning Commission and City Council. The Board of County Commission also approved the Real Estate Real Estate Agreement transferring ownership of the site to the County.
Other Components in Mission:
Two enhanced Transit Station pairs (Total of 4 Stations) (plus 1 alternate), with high-quality finishes, monument signage, enhanced lighting, branding to distinguish enhanced service from local service, kiosks with route and schedule information and digital message boards with real-time, next-bus arrival information. Locations:
Martway & Broadmoor
Martway east of Lamar (by SPJCC)
Alternate at Johnson Drive & Roe (“Gateway” Station).
Pedestrian and street rehabilitation along Martway (Metcalf to Broadmoor). This includes full depth street reconstruction, curbs/gutter/drainage/sidewalks, utility relocation/upgrades, and a new traffic signal at the Broadmoor/Martway intersection.
Completion of a "Park-and-Ride" lot in City-owned tract of land across from “Mission Transit Center”.
Pedestrian access improvements along Rock Creek - The grant will fund concrete surfacing of the Rock Creek Trail (Woodson to Maple), meaning all of the RC Trail in Mission will be asphalt or concrete pavement.
Project Progress Blog
One component of the TIGER project planned to pave portion of the Rock Creek (RC) Trail, about 1,800 ft. of gravel surface between Woodson and Maple St. April 5, 2013 UPDATE
The City of Mission has decided to defer paving about one third of the length of that section of RC Trail (600 ft.) because of upcoming construction on the Johnson Drive Rehabilitation Project (Lamar to Nall). The section of the RC Trail in question starts just west of the Reeds Rd. intersection and continues east to the already paved trail connection near Maple. The portion of the RC Trail from Woodson to just west of Reeds will still be paved in the TIGER Project before May 15, 2013.
The section deferred from paving at this time will now be paved as part of the Johnson Drive Project and constructed late in 2014. This will allow for the Johnson Drive Project's contractor to use this area for staging and installation of storm boxes in the near future. Although the City of Mission would have liked to complete paving the entire trail at this time, we believe it is important to avoid duplication of work (and costs) between the two projects.
March 25, 2013 UPDATE
The transit shelters for the Community Center and Mission Crossing were installed last week. Work on the main transit center will be completed as soon as the weather improves enough for painting and landscaping to resume. A ribbon cutting is being scheduled for the end of May.
February 20, 2013 UPDATE
Recent work at the Mission Transit Center included the installation of the permanent lighting structures throughout the facility. Below is an after dark photo of the facility taken just a few days ago. We are only a few months away from Johnson County Transit beginning to utilize the new Mission Transit Center on their regular bus routes!
January 9, 2013 UPDATE
Below is a photo of one of the bus station shelter structures being fabricated. The supplier of these structures is a local company called Dimensional Innovations. Also included below is a video featuring Dimensional Innovations on how the federal funding for this project is helping to support the Kansas City economy.
Although several weeks of cold and wet weather has hindered recent progress, construction crews were back at work in the City of Mission today, pouring concrete pads that will house structures like the one seen below when the final project is completed.
December 14, 2012 UPDATE
The contractor has begun work on several of the enhanced transit station pairs, two of which are positioned out front of the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center and Mission Square. Below is a photo of a couple APAC workers preparing that site for concrete footings to be poured.
November 20, 2012 UPDATE
There are big changes happening at the Mission Transit Center as the steel awnings are now quickly reaching completion. Below are some photos of how they look right now. The driveway on the west side of the property is now open. Work on the Mission Transit Center is currently being completed on schedule.
November 16, 2012 UPDATE
The contractor has completed the concrete flatwork and angled parking in front of Mission Pet Mart. Pavement markings are scheduled to be completed in the next couple of days and Martway (east of Broadmoor) has been fully reopened to traffic. The Martway / Broadmoor intersection will fully reopen Tuesday, November 20th. Work on the transit stops in this area will be ongoing but should not have a significant impact on traffic in the area.
November 14, 2012 UPDATE
The contractor for the Martway street improvements (Metcalf to Broadmoor) has completed the bulk of their improvements. Work yet to be completed includes new angled parking on the Northwest corner of the Martway/Broadmoor intersection (photo of current work below), some sidewalk work east of the Martway/Broadmoor intersection, and some additional improvements related to the bus station pair also being installed at that same intersection. The Martway/Broadmoor intersection is now open nightly to all traffic and will be open permenantly on Tuesday, November 20th.
November 8, 2012 UPDATE
Over the last couple of months, the contractor on the Mission Transit Center has been working on the underground and surface infrastructure for the site, including pouring the new driveways, running electrical throughout the site, and pouring concrete footings for the vertical structures and site furnishings. Well, this past week the contractor began to erect the actual vertical building structure! A couple of photos are below.
October 18, 2012 UPDATE
There are starting to be some vertical improvements on both the Mission Transit Center and the work being done at the intersection of Martway and Broadmoor is getting closer to completion. The photos below show the contractor at the Mission Transit Center beginning to dig and install the footings and supports for what will be the steel canopy shelter.
Work at the intersection of Martway and Broadmoor is continuing, and the contractor is hoping to be able to open up one North-South lane on Broadmoor in the next couple of weeks.
September 27, 2012 UPDATE
Below are some photos of the ongoing work at the Martway and Broadmoor intersection. The contractor is still dealing with some utility relocation on the site that is proving to be more difficult than previously considered. Excavation and street work at the intersection, however, remains on schedule.
September 17, 2012 UPDATE
Concrete pouring at the Mission Transit Center continues on schedule, and as stated earlier these pours will amount to much of the work in the next few weeks at the site.
On Thursday the JO brought down one of its buses to test the driveway and to determine that the loading space for passengers would be adequate. Both tests were successful.
The Martway (Metcalf to Broadmoor) project has begun the excavation and demolition process in the intersection of Martway and Broadmoor. Therefore, the intersection will be closed for the next six weeks. Just as a reminder, all businesses in the area will remain open during the construction process.
September 7, 2012 UPDATE
There are quite a few developments in the works with the TIGER project, and you will begin to see more visual improvements as the contractors wrap up the sub-surface and utility work. At the Mission Transit Center the contractor has almost completed the 10" cement base along the east side, and has moved farther down the west side as well. That phase of the project will be completed next week. Up next for the coming weeks at the Transit Center will be the installation of straight curbs and planter walls, so the cement trucks will be busy.
The Martway (Metcalf to Broadmoor) project has begun the asphalting process of Martway. The base layer has been put down, and the contractor will fill in the street next week. Once the asphalt is in place for that segment, the contractor will flip and work on the intersection of Martway and Broadmoor.
August 30, 2012 UPDATE
The contractor at the Mission Transit Center has continued laying concrete along the east side of the property, and has now moved on to laying concrete on the west side as well. Below are a couple of photos of the east side concrete.
August 23, 2012 UPDATE
The contractor at the Mission Transit Center poured a mock-up of concrete along the east side of the property. This mock-up is a test strip that will be verified over the next couple of days as adequate for the needs of the project before the rest of the cement will be added to the east side.
The Martway (Metcalf to Broadmoor) project is still working around some utility relocations, including an old water line that is too close to the surface, but stormwater installation work was started this week and the contractor should continue to make great progress on the first phase of the project next week.
Finally for this week, the Martway Park and Ride (across Martway from the Mission Transit Center) is under excavation. More major developments will be coming forth in the next couple of weeks, and we will be sure to keep you updated on them.
August 17, 2012 UPDATE
Martway (Metcalf to Broadmoor) suffered some minor setbacks this week as the contractor acquired the proper right of way permits and dealt with some water line issues in the area around the construction zone. Look for more progress to be visible next week.
As for the Mission Transit Center on Johnson Drive, the contractor has begun to lay down the base rock along the east side of the property. The base rock allows for a better ground on which buildings can be constructed. Also, the street lights on Johnson Drive have been off for a couple of days while the contractor relocated the conduit and pedestal, but should be turned back on as planned on Friday (8-17).
August 13, 2012 UPDATE
The streetlights on Johnson Drive (Nall to Roeland) will be out on Wednesday and Thursday night (8-15 & 8-16) while the Mission Transit Center contractor, Mega Industries, relocates the pedestal, conduit, and street lights called out in the TIGER project plans. KCP&L plans re-install power on Friday (8-17).
And from last Friday, a quick video update on construction progress from inside the work zone at Martway (Metcalf to Broadmoor):
August 9, 2012 UPDATE
Construction continues to progress on Martway (Metcalf to Broadmoor.) The contractor has begun to dig up the old corrugated metal storm sewer pipes that ran underneath Martway and replace them with the new concrete pipes.
The old pipes (above) were in desperate need of replacement, and the new concrete pipes will be a huge improvement.
Below is a look at the area where the old corrugated metal pipe was dug up and where the new concrete pipes are being installed:
August 3, 2012 UPDATE
Construction continues on Martway (Metcalf to Broadmoor). After milling out the top asphalt yesterday, the contractor had heavy machinery on site today to begin digging out the old road bed. Photos and a quick video below:
Work has also begun on the Mission Transit Center (old Capital Federal Bank site). The contractor has been working on general excavation for the past few days, but as more exciting construction begins to take form we will provide more frequent updates.
August 2, 2012 UPDATE
Construction on the Martway street and pedestrian improvements between Metcalf and Broadmoor (by Panera) have begun on schedule. Below are a couple of photos of the initial construction and a short video of crews milling off the top asphalt of Martway.
July 18, 2012 Update
Below are a few photos from this morning's ground breaking ceremony for the TIGER project. Construction is now officially underway so be sure to check back to this project progress blog over the next few months as we will be posting regular updates on the progress of the project's construction.
July 17, 2012 Update
The TIGER Project is now officially under construction! Two individual contracts have been approved and our managing partner in this project, the City of Overland Park, has issued both contractors a notice to proceed with their work. Below is a tentative construction schedule for the project components that are within the City of Mission.
January 31, 2012 Update
The TIGER Project is nearing construction. Portion of the project will be underway in March of this year (Traffic Signal Priority). We expect remaining portions of the project to go to construction sometime this summer.
October 12, 2011 Update
The "Metcalf Avenue & Shawnee Mission Parkway Alternatives Analysis" newsletter is now available. This newsletter discusses the transit service options for the TIGER project infrastructure to be constructed in 2012. See that newsletter HERE.
Additionally, there will be a public open house on October 18th at the Matt Ross Community Center in Overland Park from 5:00 to 7:00 PM hosted by Johnson County Transit and the cities of Overland Park and Mission. This open house will showcase features of the Locally Preferred Alternative for the Metcalf Avenue and Shawnee Mission Parkway corridor. The details of this event can be viewed in the newsletter linked above.
If you care about public transit in Johnson County, come out and learn about the future of expanded transit services in our community!
September 21, 2011 Update
This project remains on track to go out for bid in the fall of 2011 with preliminary construction beginning in late 2011 / early 2012. Once construction begins, it is anticipated to take about one year until completion. Future updates on construction will be posted on this page.