Wornall Road Streetscape Project
In 2015, the City of Kansas City and the Waldo Community Improvement District conducted an assessment of the intersection of 75th Street and Wornall Road in order to evaluate traffic capacity, safety, and walkability of the intersection. The study resulted in recommendations that are aimed to improve traffic flow, while at the same time improve the intersection so that it incorporates features to improve pedestrian friendliness. The study also identified ways to extend the Trolley Track Trail between 74th Street and 75th Street, thereby eliminating a major barrier for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Since that time, the City, working with the Waldo CID, has received a $2 million grant to implement the results of the study. The City has appropriated funds for the reconstruction of curbs and sidewalks along Wornall Road from 74th and 75th Street. Given the extensive work proposed, the City is now aiming to completely reconstruct Wornall Road from 74th Street to 79th Street, a stretch of roadway that is well worn and beyond ordinary maintenance. This is significant work that, when completed, will improve this key commercial corridor within the Waldo Business District.
Below are descriptions and anticipated timelines for these infrastructure improvements:
Reconstruction of Wornall Road – 74th to 79th Streets (75th and Wornall Improvements Project)
Public Works will reconstruct Wornall Road from 74th to 79th streets. Work includes reconfiguration of the parking lot at the northeast corner of 75th and Wornall Road, the extension of the Trolley Track Trail from 74th to 75th Streets, and improvements aimed at making the corridor safe for pedestrians. Construction is anticipated to start in early 2020. This project is funded in part by a Surface Transportation Grant and GO KC funds. The estimated project cost is $6 million. See more information on this project here: 75th and Wornall Improvements
Smart Sewer Program
Kansas City’s Smart Sewer Program will begin a sewer separation project within the Waldo area early this year. The areas affected include W 77th Street, W 85th Street, Summit Street and Grand Avenue. The work includes the construction of new storm sewer mains and sanitary sewer mains, sewer rehabilitation and replacement of existing water mains. The project is part of the consent decree signed between the City, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Justice which requires the City to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage and to reduce pollution levels in urban stormwater. The project has an estimated cost of $26 million. Information about the project can be found here.
The neighborhoods to the southeast of the Waldo District will be affected by the South Oak Park Smart Sewer Project. This project will eliminate an estimated 2 million gallons of combined sewer overflow in South Oak Park in a typical year. It will also remove more than 40,000 tons of trash from the existing landfill in the park. Project improvements include the replacement and realignment of the existing sewer system and the construction of a 3 million-gallon open detention basin. The detention basin will capture combined sewer overflows during heavy rain events (which typically occur fewer than 10 times per year) so that the sewer doesn’t overflow into waterways located within South Oak Park. The basin will make a controlled release back into the combined sewer collection system within 24 hours after each storm’s passing. Trail enhancements, including connecting the park to the Trolley Trail with a pedestrian footbridge, are also proposed. Information about the project can be found here.
Learn more about the Smart Sewer program
Reconstruction of Wornall Road – 85th to 89th Streets
Public Works will reconstruct Wornall Road from 85th Street to 89th Street and add curb, gutter and sidewalks along this section. Other improvements include streetlight upgrades, a new water line and storm sewer upgrades. Spire Energy will begin a new gas line installation this summer, separate from this project. The roadway improvements will begin by August 2018 and complete in Spring 2019. This GO KC project has an estimated cost of $3.5 million. View a fact sheet about this project here: Wornall Fact Sheet
Water Main Projects
KC Water plans to replace water mains along Wornall Road in conjunction with the Public Works roadway reconstruction projects and the Smart Sewer Program. In addition, KC Water will upgrade outdated water mains along 75th Street from Holmes to State Line Road. The preliminary cost estimate for this project is $12.5 million.
The Waldo Community Improvement District and Waldo Area Business Association are confident that once the above improvements are complete, the Waldo District will be a premier destination for dining, shopping, and recreation located in the heart of Kansas City.
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