PARKVILLE RECEIVES ROUTE 9 CORRIDOR STUDY GRANT
PARKVILLE, MO, JANUARY 9, 2015 – Parkville, along with its project partners, is pleased to announce that last month the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) Board of Directors awarded a $113,586 grant to assist in the completion of the Route 9 Corridor Study. The grant will be supplemented by $75,000 of local funding provided by Parkville ($15,000), Riverside ($15,000), Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) ($20,000), Platte County ($15,000) and Park University ($10,000). Mayor Nan Johnston stated, “We appreciate cooperation from MARC and our partners on this project. Route 9 is a top transportation priority for Parkville, and this funding will help us take the next step toward implementing vital improvements along the corridor.”
The MARC Creating Sustainable Places committee, which oversaw the project selection process, received 27 applications for $1 million in 2015–2016 Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) grant funds. Partial funding was approved for six projects in Kansas and seven in Missouri, with $487,000 in combined local matching funds. The $113,586 award for the Route 9 Corridor Study was one of largest grants approved by MARC during this grant cycle.
Route 9 is regionally significant, connecting vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Route 45 to employment centers and regional destinations including downtown Parkville, Park University, the Horizons, over 200 acres of parkland, the South Platte County Community Center and the Platte County Health Department. The purpose of the Route 9 Corridor Study is to create an implementation plan that addresses the following key priorities for the project partners:
- Determine needed vehicular and pedestrian improvements to mitigate safety and capacity issues, and minimize traffic conflicts, on Route 9.
- Enhance aesthetics and pedestrian movements, particularly in proximity to downtown Parkville and Park University.
- Accommodate compatible new development and redevelopment along the corridor.
- Reduce future construction costs by facilitating the reservation of right-of-way for future improvements.
- Position the participating municipalities to compete in future transportation grant cycles for eligible improvements in the corridor.
All of these objectives are direct recommendations of previous public planning efforts including the Parkville Master Plan, the Livable Communities Study, and Vision Downtown Parkville, among others. Previous planning has identified desired improvements for the corridor with design and construction costs estimated at $24 million. At this time no funding commitments have been made for any work other than the Corridor Study. The City acknowledges that it could take many years to implement the full vision of improvements for Route 9, but the Corridor Study is the next logical step to move toward that goal. The scope of work for the Corridor Study includes developing a construction phasing strategy for incremental implementation of improvements as funding and capacity allow. All phases, and projects within phases, will be priority rank-ordered based on need, urgency, feasibility, cost, economic impact, and overall benefit to the corridor in terms of resolving traffic conflicts.
The Corridor Study is scheduled to begin in April with final completion estimated by the end of 2015. The project will be led by an appointed steering committee of voting representatives from the funding partners and advisory representatives from other stakeholder groups. Opportunities for public input will be advertised via the City’s website (www.parkvillemo.gov) and social media. For additional information, please contact City Administrator Lauren Palmer at (816) 741-7676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.