Kansas City's Public Works Department Honored for Sustainability
KANSAS CITY, MO Kansas City, Missouri's, Public Works Department is feeling green this week. That's because the department is being honored by Mid-America Regional Council's Sustainable Success Stories for three outstanding projects.
The projects recognized for sustainability methods are 20th Street Streetscape, Troost Avenue Streetscape and the Kansas City Road Diet Initiative.
The 20th Street Streetscape transformed 20th Street between Grand Avenue and Southwest Boulevard with wider sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks and ADA ramps, LED streetlights, additional green space and more. That project was paid for by the City and the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Commission, which allocated funding through the 22nd and Main TIF plan.
The Troost Avenue Streetscape project revamped Troost Avenue from 24th to 30th Street and includes an energy-efficient roadway, sidewalks, pedestrian crossing signal and walkway, street trees and landscaping. The project spurred development in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, including the new UMKC Hospital Hill student apartment complex and a new hotel. More development along the improved corridor is in the works. The Troost Avenue Streetscape project was funded by the city and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Finally, Kansas City's Road Diet Initiative started with a 2015 City Council resolution that called for an analysis of undivided streets with four or more lanes in an effort to improve transportation for non-motorists. The City incorporated this analysis in planned street resurfacing projects and then completed road diet projects without using additional funds. Road diets, or lane reduction, reduce crossing distances for pedestrians, lower vehicle travel speeds, add more bike lanes as well as additional protected left turn lanes for vehicles. The City already has implemented a road diet that added bike lanes along Northeast Barry Road and Gregory Boulevard.