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In 2016, the City adopted the Route 9 Corridor Study that included preliminary designs for multi-modal improvements for 12 project segments along the corridor between Highway 45 in Parkville and Mattox Road in Riverside. The first segment of focus is Highway 45 to Lakeview Drive and the design was completed by George Butler Associates. Construction will begin in July with substantial completion in November. Any final touches will be completed by spring 2022.
Throughout the construction, two goals of the project will be to 1) maintain two-way traffic and 2) provide access to each business along the corridor.
- 10-foot trail (east side)
- 5-foot sidewalks (west side)
- Curbs and gutters
- Asphalt roads
- Pedestrian lighting (west side)
- Decorative lighting (east side)
- New traffic signal @ 63rd Street
- Lakeview Drive signal improvements
Gunter Construction is the general contractor for the project. In 2015, they built the entryway sign on Route 9 east of downtown and the stone markers on Route 9 as you come into downtown from the east. They are currently working on road construction projects on 76th Street in Gladstone and the I-35/Chouteau Trafficway interchange in Kansas City.
A new traffic light will be installed at 63rd Street (adjacent to Sonic) and the signal at Lakeview Drive (west entrance to Riss Lake) will be improved. The lights will be part of Operation Green Light, a cooperative effort to improve the coordination of traffic signals and incident response on major routes throughout the Kansas City area on both sides of the state line. It will help reduce unnecessary delay, improve traffic flow and reduce emissions that contribute to ozone pollution.
Gunter Construction will do the work in phases:
- Phase 1: Clearing trees and setting up erosion control measures.
- Phase 2: Extending road on west side to allow two-way traffic throughout Phase 3.
- Phase 3: Shifting traffic to west side so work can be completed on east side. The majority of work will take place on east side of road.
An archaeological consultant has been hired to monitor the construction near the Walnut Grove and Old Parkville cemeteries, in accordance with Historic Preservation standards, to ensure that construction will not impact the cemeteries.
The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a notice to proceed and Phase 1 began the week of July 12th.
In 2018, the Board of Aldermen approved Six at Park, a project located at the intersection of Route 9 and 6th Street consisting of a four story, 56,840 square foot class-A office building for commercial office/service uses, a 175-stall parking lot parking lot and multi-modal transportation improvements. A traffic impact analysis determined that the intersection needed both a southbound and northbound turn lane on Route 9, along with a westbound turn lane on 6th Street.
To assist with construction of the project, the City applied for and received the Governor’s Transportation Cost Share Program grant and a cost share agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Committee. The grant covered 50 percent of the cost and the City’s local match was 50 percent. The City was awarded the Governor’s Transportation Cost Share Program grant because Six at Park project demonstrated economic development through the creation of new jobs.
The intersection improvements will be completed in September 2021.