Over the next few years, the City of Kansas City, MO is investing more than $45 million to upgrade basic infrastructure in the Waldo neighborhood. The City will implement several infrastructure improvements along and adjacent to Wornall Road. Below are descriptions and anticipated timelines for these infrastructure improvements.
Reconstruction of Wornall Road – 85th to 89th Street
Public Works will reconstruct Wornall Road from 85th Street to 89th Street and add curb, gutter, and sidewalks along this section. Other improvements include streetlight upgrades, a new water line and storm sewer upgrades. Before construction started, Spire Energy installed a new gas line. The roadway improvements began in August 2018 and will be complete by June 2019. This GO KC project cost $3.8 million. View a fact sheet about this project.
Reconstruction of Wornall Road – 74th to 79th Streets (75th and Wornall Improvements Project)
Public Works will reconstruct Wornall Road from 74th to 79th streets. Work includes reconfiguration of the parking lot at the northeast corner of 75th and Wornall Road, extension of the Trolley Track Trail from 74th to 75th Streets, and improvements aimed at making the corridor safe for pedestrians. Construction is anticipated to start in 2019 and finish in the fall of 2020. This project is funded in part by a Surface Transportation Grant and GO KC funds. The estimated project cost is $6 million. See more information on this project.
Smart Sewer Program
Kansas City’s Smart Sewer program began a sewer separation project within the Waldo area in early 2018. The areas affected include W 77th Street, W 85th Street, Summit Street and Grand Avenue. The work includes construction of new storm sewer mains and sanitary sewer mains, sewer rehabilitation and replacement of existing water mains and is expected to be completed before October 2019.
The Smart Sewer program will also construct important improvements to the combined sewer collection system within South Oak Park, which is set to begin this March. Work will include replacement and realignment of the existing sewer system and the construction of a 3 million-gallon open detention basin, which will capture combined sewer overflows during heavy rain events (which typically occur fewer than 10 times per year). Trail enhancements, including connecting the park to the Trolley Trail with a pedestrian footbridge, are also proposed.
These projects are part of the consent decree signed between the City, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Justice which requires the City to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage and to reduce pollution levels in urban storm water. The project has an estimated cost of $26 million. Learn more about the Smart Sewer program.
Water Main Projects
KC Water plans to replace water mains along Wornall Road in conjunction with the Public Works roadway reconstruction projects and the Smart Sewer Program. In addition, KC Water will upgrade outdated water mains along 75th Street from Holmes to State Line Road. The preliminary cost estimate for this project is $12.5 million.
- For more information on Public Works projects, please contact Public Works Public Information Officer Maggie Green at 816-513-2612.
- For more information on KC Water projects, please contact Brooke Givens at 816-513-0284.
- For more information on the Smart Sewer Program, contact Project Manager Julie McNiff at 816-447-9892.