The main gateway into North Kansas City could soon receive a facelift and pedestrian improvements. At the May 3rd council meeting, the North Kansas City Council voted to adopt the Burlington Corridor Complete Street Plan, indicating city officials’ goal of improving the corridor as a complete and green street.
In a memorandum to the Mayor and City Council, Community Development Director Sara Copeland wrote that the planning process for the corridor improvements started back in 2015, after North Kansas City was awarded a Planning Sustainable Places grant from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).
Public meetings were held to receive community feedback; and representatives from MoDOT, BikeWalkKC, KCATA and property owners along Burlington served on the plans advisory committee. The landscape architecture firm Confluence served as the plans design professional and worked in coordination with Burns & McDonald, Hg Consult, and Dimensional Innovations.
The primary goals of the plan are to improve the corridor’s physical appearance, support redevelopment and make Burlington a complete street – roadway designed for safe access not just for motorist, but also for pedestrians and bicyclists
The Kansas City Metropolitan Area’s first dedicated cycle-track will replace existing on street parking (east side of Burlington) and connect to the Heart of America Bridge. The existing vehicular lanes will remain intact, however, the current medians will be replaced with rain gardens. The plan also calls for amenities such as public art and improved street lighting.
The total cost to implement the Burlington Corridor Plan is $16.9 million. If you would like to help North Kansas City move this project forward, you can visit the project’s MARC site and leave a comment in support of federal funding.