Capital Projects Update


The Kansas City Public Works department continues its mission to provide safe, efficient access for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists with the advent of a variety of capital improvement projects this fall and winter.

  • North Oak Trafficway will see major improvements this fall, from NE Indianola Drive to the city limits of North Kansas City. Upgrades include road reconstruction and new bike facilities connecting to a bike corridor in North Kansas City. Bus stop upgrades and new sidewalks are among other multimodal enhancements. The North Oak Trafficway improvements will be completed by late summer 2019.
  • Another roadway reconstruction project in the Northland includes a new bridge over Interstate 29. The Old Tiffany Springs Road reconstruction project started in the spring and will include improvements from N Congress Avenue to NW Skyview Road. Roadway upgrades include new a four-lane thoroughfare with a sidewalk and trail that brings a key crossing at I-29 for the Route 152 Trail.
  • Construction on the GO KC 22nd/23rd Street connector project wraps up in 2018. This project on the city’s east side is the third phase of a major road improvement project that has transformed 22nd and 23rd streets into a major collector and route to Interstate 70. This phase will realign and repave the roadway, adding curbs, sidewalks, gutters and storm and sanitary sewers on the roadway between Brooklyn and Chestnut avenues.
  • Another GO KC project underway on the city’s east side is the Beacon Hill Southwest Quadrant improvements. Upgrades to Forest Avenue and East 26th Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood will wrap up in December 2018, offering new street pavement, streetlights, sidewalks, waterline replacement, storm sewer upgrades and more.
  • Wornall Road is getting a much-needed makeover from 85th to 89th Streets in the Waldo neighborhood. This GO KC reconstruction project brings improved pedestrian access and new street pavement to this well-traveled north/south corridor on the city’s south side. This project started in spring 2018 and will wrap up before spring in 2019.
  • The final phase of a three-phase project on 135th Street through Martin City will wrap up soon. This GO KC project has revamped a once rural road, offering better multimodal access for the Martin City shopping and entertainment district on the city’s south side. The final phase of the project continues improvements on 135th Street from Wornall Road to Missouri Highway 150. The final phase continues includes include a new three-lane roadway, wider sidewalks, new streetlights and more.

KC Water

Investments by KC Water customers are resulting in new water mains, sewer rehabilitation and stormwater management improvements throughout Kansas City.

Two projects of particular importance include a Northland pump station to be completed this fall and a wastewater treatment plant project just getting started.

The Shoal Creek Pump Station near Northeast Barry Road and Shoal Creek Parkway will have three pumps and room for a fourth. Each pump will have the capacity to push 4,300 gallons of water per minute, creating capacity to deliver more than 15 million gallons a day.

The project includes electrical work, pipes, valves, design features to blend in with the neighborhood, new trees and landscaping and two bio-retention basins to capture rain runoff. The facility is designed according to Envision sustainability design standards.

The Shoal Creek Pump Station, along with the Waukomis, KCI, Arrowhead and Englewood pump stations, combine to serve the Northland.

Meanwhile, design work is underway on significant wet-weather treatment expansion and improvements to the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant, a major wastewater treatment facility in the West Bottoms.

The plant, which was built in the 1950s and expanded to include secondary treatment about 40 years ago, is being expanded to fulfill Kansas City’s commitment to reduce overflows from combined sewer systems and prevent overflows from separate sewer systems. The commitment is required to meet elements of a Federal Consent Decree. This effort is known as the Smart Sewer Program.

Upgrades include new chemical treatment equipment; rehabilitation of hydraulic systems; new clarification basin and equipment, and additional disinfection capacity.

As an outcome of these improvements, the plant will be able to process up to 70 million gallons of wastewater per day, vs. the current 40 million gallons a day of wet weather flows.

This and other improvements to Kansas City’s sewer systems creates a cleaner, healthier environment for the community and improve the quality of the water that is returned to area waterways.


Kansas City International Airport - Taxiway B Rehabilitation
Taxiway B is one of two parallel taxiways serving Runway 1L-19R. This construction phase removes and replaces the concrete surface pavement and underlying base and subbase courses of Taxiway B. Additional improvements include replacement of taxiway in-pavement and edge lighting fixtures and associated lighting cables, replacement of airfield directional signs, pavement shoulder rehabilitation and pavement markings.

Kansas City International Airport - Post Gate 28 Redesign
Secure airfield vehicle entry points at airports are called Post Gates. Deficiencies that occur now at Post Gate 28 are due to the lack of space necessary for proper “stacking” of vehicles. There will be new additions such as a new guard building (sized appropriately and to proper code and standards), a checkpoint canopy to protect the area from weather for improved scanning of vehicles, adequate pavement lanes and new rejection lanes. These additions will allow the new checkpoint to be more efficient, while having a dedicated entry and exit facility for Aviation staff.

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport - Removal of Taxiway Delta
This project will mitigate hot spots (locations on an airport movement area with a history of risk for collisions) on the airfield and improve safety by removing taxiway Delta and re-grading the area. The holding position markings on taxiway D for Runways 1-19 and 3-21 are within each respective runway safety areas. By identifying hot spots, it is easier for users of an airport to plan the safest possible path of movement in and around that airport. By ensuring that aircraft surface movements are properly coordinated with air traffic control, pilots add another layer of safety to their flight preparations.

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport - Relief Well System Rehabilitation Project
The Kansas City Aviation Department maintains nearly 50 relief wells at the downtown airport. These relief wells are part of the levee system that protects the airport from flooding. The relief well system rehabilitation has been an ongoing project for the last three years. During this time, multiple relief wells have been inspected, tested, cleaned, refurbished, and several new relief wells have been installed. Several of the relief wells requiring work are located in the runway obstacle free zones and the aircraft arrival/departure corridors. Therefore, Runway 1-19 will be closed. In order to minimize runway closures, the relief well work in these critical areas is coordinated with the Re-Seal Runway 1-19 Project and accomplished during the weekend runway closures.

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