by Alan McArthur
The final study of the Route 9 Corridor is finished and has been received by the City of Parkville, and includes a suggestion of a special taxing district being established in the corridor.
The city is apparently already exploring the idea of a special taxing district in the corridor, as city officials have said they are in discussions with the planned new QuikTrip about an initial taxing district.
On Tuesday night, Sabin Yanez, senior vice president-secretary at CFS Engineers, presented the study to the board of aldermen.
The total length of the study was from the intersection with Hwy. 45 in the north to the city limits with Riverside covering four miles of roadway. Yanez said the total cost for all of the segments to be constructed would be around $13.1 million.
However, the project has been separated into 12 segments in order to allow portions of the project to be completed as funding becomes available. Yanez also explained to the board that all of the segments listed in the study have been planned and rated in order to maximize their opportunity to receive grant funding from sources including the Mid-America Regional Council and MoDOT.
Through working with community members and partners, the study identified the top priority section as being the segment from 62nd Street to the Parkville Athletic Complex. This segment would include placing a traffic signal at Clark Avenue along with a five-foot sidewalk on the west side and a 10-foot trail on the east. The estimated cost is $657,569 for construction.
The second highest priority is the segment from the Parkville Athletic Complex to Lakeview Drive. In this area the construction would include continuing the sidewalk and trail and placing curbs to better control driveway access to the highway. There would also be pedestrian crossings placed at the signal at Lakeview Drive. The estimated cost is over $1.75 million for construction.
One of the biggest changes along the corridor being proposed is the intersection with First Street. The study recommends placing a traffic signal to help traffic flow. The signal would have two left turn lanes for traffic heading south on the highway. Vehicles going north would be able to continue north without stopping at the light.
Many of the grants from MARC are based on partnerships and require a 20 percent local match.
Another suggestion for funding is to establish either a citywide sales tax or a special taxing district in the corridor.
Lauren Palmer, city administrator, said the city is working with the new QuikTrip to set up an initial taxing district. Palmer said it is taking time because the city wants to establish the district for a smaller area at first and then expand it as new projects are started in the area.
Once the full construction of the plans is completed it will provide a trail connection from Riverside with the White Aloe trail and Parkville Nature Sanctuary, and will end at the Southern Platte Pass Trail.
The aldermen voted to accept the study and directed staff to begin submitting the projects for grant funding.
In other news, the city will also have a new stream gauge installed along the Missouri River at Platte Landing Park. This will allow organizations to monitor the river level at Parkville and study the impact of the Platte River on the system.
The cost to the city is $500 per year for three years. The gauge will be installed alongside one of the water pumps at the river to minimize the impact in the park.