BUILDING A BETTER KCMO
One major water pipeline was completed, another was inspected to ensure its integrity, and work was begun on a project designed to end decades of flooding along Southwest Boulevard.
Local and federal leaders in December celebrated the start of the final phase of the Turkey Creek Flood Control Project, which will direct hillside drainage from 31st Street and Roanoke Boulevard and Southwest Boulevard to Turkey Creek.
“Turkey Creek flows through Kansas to the Kansas River, said Terry Leeds, KC Water director. “But when heavy rains came, the flood waters overflowed its banks and would flow down Southwest Boulevard, flooding businesses and residences of Kansas City, Missouri.”
Craig Weltig, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said: “This last piece will significantly reduce any stormwater impact to those local businesses and residences.”
Previous phases dealt with upstream areas in Johnson and Wyandotte County. The project is a regional solution among Kansas City, Mo., the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with the support from congressional delegations.
Turkey Creek has “been a real showcase partnership of multiple agencies and jurisdictions,” said John Grothaus, Chief of Planning for the Corps of Engineers.
- Meanwhile, KC Water customers south of the Missouri River can take comfort in knowing that the pipeline delivering clean, delicious water from the Water Treatment Plant is in good condition. The inspection was unique in that the pipeline runs under the Missouri River through a 300-foot deep, three-mile long tunnel that was built nearly a century ago by workers using pickaxes. “It is exciting to have a look at a more than 90-year-old piece of pipe that we’ve been sending water to customers,” said Mike Klender, KC Water’s Water Treatment Plant Manager. The tunnel is in good condition and should stay for another 200-300 years.”
- A more traditional pipeline, meanwhile, was built to support anticipated residential and business growth in the Northland. City and business leaders turned valves near the Water Treatment Plant to send water through a 54-inch underground water main. The new main from the Water Treatment Plant generally follows North Oak Trafficway and supplements two existing water mains. The main also will decrease stress on KC Water’s pumps, which in turn eases the budget necessary to maintain the equipment needed to treat and deliver safe, clean drinking water to customers. “That transmission main will serve the Northland for the next 100 years,” Leeds said. “It provides a redundant source to feed our Arrowhead Pump Station and will support the growth of the Northland.”
The Kansas City Public Works Department is looking forward to an exciting year of construction on a wide range of projects. Whether through neighborhood road rehabilitation projects or major connectors, Public Works will work to provide safe, efficient access for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.
- The Pleasant Valley Road improvement project is scheduled for completion this year. The $3.8 million roadway improvement will widen and update Pleasant Valley Road between North Brighton Avenue and the Gladstone city limits. Curbs, sidewalks and storm drainage improvements are also planned for construction with a goal of rehabilitating the two-lane street to City standards.
- Construction will ramp up this spring on the 22nd-23rd Street corridor improvement project. This 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. Work is scheduled for completion on the $4.5 million roadway project in fall 2018.
- The City is moving forward on its first parking-protected bike project with the Armour/Benton Boulevard bikeway. The City is implementing a road diet and three miles of protected bike lanes on Armour Boulevard from Broadway to the Paseo. Crews will also construct a bikeway on Benton Boulevard from St. John Avenue to Blue Parkway. Construction is scheduled for completion in early fall 2018. More information on bike projects can be found on kcmo.gov/bikekc.
- The final phase of the 135th Street improvement project kicked off in February. The GO KC project has expanded what was once a two-lane rural road, allowing improved multi-modal access to the growing Martin City shopping and entertainment district. Phase 3 will widen 135th Street from Wornall Road to Missouri Highway 150 to three lanes, adding streetlights, storm drainage and curb and sidewalks. Work on the$4 million project is scheduled for completion in late fall 2018.
The promise of the new single terminal does not mean the Aviation Department Planning & Engineering staff is sitting back and waiting for the improvements to roll out in 2021. No, work is ongoing at KCI to meet the needs of the ever-changing travel landscape.
The existing international arrivals facility at Terminal C limits Kansas City International Airport’s ability to develop international air service. These restraints include:
- There is only one jet bridge that connects aircraft to the international arrivals area. When two international arrivals are on the ground, one must wait while the other unloads.
- With no interior hallways, the jet bridge that connects aircraft to the international arrivals area can only be used for deplaning. Aircraft must be towed from the gate and relocated to another jet bridge around the airport before the airline can enplane passengers. This forces airlines to schedule longer ground time than necessary for international arriving aircraft.
- The current international arrival process is passport control before baggage claim, which means lines are quickly created and occasionally snake their way onto the jet bridge, further slowing and airline’s ability to tow the aircraft off the gate.
The Aviation Department Marketing Division has an ongoing effort to grow domestic and international air service. The Federal Inspection Service (FIS) remodel directly influenced the announcement of Icelandair to launch in May 2018 new nonstop trans-Atlantic flights between Kansas City and Reykjavik, Iceland, with connecting service to Europe. These new flights are timed to begin immediately at the conclusion of the FIS project. Beyond Icelandair, the Aviation Department remains actively engaged in recruiting additional international air service.
The existing facility is approximately 14,500 square feet with four primary work stations and two kiosks. The renovated facility will be approximately 21,700 square feet with six primary work stations and four kiosks. The new hold room will hold 239 people with two passenger screening checkpoints.
- United Airlines utilizes five of the available six gates in the departure lounge. The restrooms for this six-gate departure lounge were inadequate for the number of passengers served by United (and the unassigned gate) and nursing mothers did not have access to a Mother’s Nursing Area within the six-gate departure lounge. Prior to construction, the six-gate departure lounge had separate, smallish restrooms for men and women. The new men’s facility contains three toilets, four urinals and four sinks. The new women’s facility consists of six toilets and four sinks. A Mother’s Nursing Area was also constructed providing nursing mothers with a clean, private area.
For a complete rundown on capital projects at KCI, visit kcmo.gov/kcmore.