by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor
Significant road improvements have been planned for a hilly and often congested stretch of roadway in front of Park Hill’s Southeast Elementary School in southern Platte County.
Wes Minder, manager of capital planning for Kansas City, said the two-year long road project will smooth out some of the hills, as well as widen the one-lane stretch of road along N. Northwood Road.
Preliminary plans also show a mile-long extension of the eight foot wide walking and bicycle path along the west side of the road.
The multi-use concrete path will connect with the existing mile long pathway, south of NW 52st Street.
The four-way stop at the intersection of 56th Street and N. Northwood Road will likely be transformed into a roundabout.
The design will provide motorists a smooth entry and exit along N. Northwood Road.
Due to the scale of the project, Minder said the work will likely spread out over two construction seasons.
The road improvement project is a joint project between Kansas City and Platte County.
The city will be financially responsible for the design and right-of-way acquisitions, while the road construction will be funded through the county's 3/8th cent special roads sales tax.
Road construction is scheduled to begin next spring. Prior to the design completion, Minder said the city will host a public meeting and solicit feedback from parents and teachers at Southeast Elementary School.