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Thank you for participating in our second online workshop!

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Mildred Keeney Memorial Park in the Village of Claycomo, Missouri

Mildred Keeney Memorial Park in the Village of Claycomo, Missouri

Study Purpose

The purpose of this project is to:

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Study near- and long-term transportation needs in and around the Village of Claycomo, including auto, pedestrian, and transit travel.

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Develop recommendations for future improvements including “Complete Streets” improvement projects, projects to prevent congestion and safety issues, and possible new roadway connections.

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Present a strategy to pay for and execute the recommended projects.

Online Public Workshop #1 Recap

Participation

We hosted our first online workshop in April 2020 with great response. There were 150 unique visitors to the presentation, and we collected nearly 50 survey responses. Thank you!

Your feedback can be summarized in four main points:



Issue #1: Interstate Access Problems

Do “missing” on- and off-ramps make interstate access difficult?

55% Agree

27% Disagree

18% No Response

Key Takeaways: “Missing” ramps lead to confusion, congestion, and safety issues, including illegal U-Turns.



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Missing ramps at I-35 North to I-435 North, US 60 to/from I-35 North, and I-35 South to Vivion West can lead to confusion, congestion, and safety issues in the area.

Missing ramps at I-35 North to I-435 North, US 69 to/from I-35 North, and I-35 South to Vivion West can lead to confusion, congestion, and safety issues in the area.



Issue #2: US-69 Congestion and Safety Problems

Do you experience congestion or safety concerns on US-69 during construction or after crashes?

55% Agree

23% Disagree

22% No Response

Key Takeaways: Congestion and safety issues occur along US-69 often because of traffic diverting from I-35 and I-435. This happens most often during rush hour and Ford shift changes.



Traffic diversions from I-35 and I-435 can often lead to traffic congestion and safety issues.

Traffic diversions from I-35 and I-435 can often lead to traffic congestion and safety issues.



Issue #3: US-69 Reliability

Would a new north-south connection in eastern Claycomo benefit local traffic?

51% Agree

6% Disagree

42% Unsure/No Response

Key Takeaways: Support for the new road was high and many felt it could provide benefits beyond serving the automotive plant. Respondents offered several logical locations for connections.



Some have suggested that a new north-south road somewhere in the orange area of the map would benefit both Ford and the region by providing an alternative to I-435 for local traffic.

Some have suggested that a new north-south road somewhere in the orange area of the map would benefit both Ford and the region by providing an alternative to I-435 for local traffic.



Issue #4: US-69 as a “Complete Street"

Would you like to see “complete streets” elements like sidewalks and safe crosswalks, public transit access, bike facilities for all ability levels, or landscaping elements incorporated into US-69?

85% Agree

6% Disagree

9% No Response

Key Takeaways: Sidewalks and crosswalks are the primary concern. The community desires a beautiful corridor with lush landscaping and senior transportation options.



Sidewalks and safe crosswalks green elements and transit access were all listed as desired community improvements.

Sidewalks and safe crosswalks, green elements and transit access were all listed as desired community improvements.

Traffic and Congestion

Future Intersection Congestion

Your feedback, along with our technical analysis, indicate that there are congestion issues in the area. This congestion will continue to increase.

Based on population and employment forecasts for the region, we expect that many of the intersections in the study area will be congested in the next 20 years – by 2040 or sooner.

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Population and employment forecasts highlight increased congestion in the coming years.

Study Intersection Traffic Conditions

Acceptable

Poor

Population and employment forecasts highlight increased congestion in the coming years.

*This scenario does include improvements that are already planned.

How can this be improved?

Each of the highlighted intersections is the responsibility of one or more agencies – a City/Village and/or MoDOT.

Based on the results of the Claycomo Connections study, each agency can consider incorporating these intersections into long-term planning efforts as it balances the need for improvements with other infrastructure priorities.

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A map illustrating roadway jurisdictions and locations of studied intersections.

A map illustrating roadway jurisdictions and locations of studied intersections. The study did find that a new road, a Hughes-Kimball connection, would provide traffic relief and several other benefits.

Study Intersection Location

Claycomo

Kansas City

Liberty

Pleasant Valley

Roadway Jurisdiction

Local

MoDOT

Potential New Road

A new Hughes-Kimball connection would reduce traffic congestion in the area by up to 32% – even if no other improvements are made. More importantly, it would provide redundancy and reliability for area residents and commuters.

The new road would also provide:

  • A relief route for US-69 during times of unexpected congestion like crashes or highway construction.
  • A second access for the Ford Plant. (Did you know? Claycomo currently has the only Ford facility in the country without multiple entrances!)
  • Additional emergency access, such as fire trucks or ambulances, to the study area.

It would also open new areas for economic development.

Hughes-Kimball Connection

This map shows a preliminary route to connect Hughes Road and Kimball Drive. (Note, a connection to Parvin Road is also shown.)

The final road design will need to account for many challenges, including:

  • Avoiding as many floodways as possible, which means shorter bridge lengths and less environmental impact.
  • Crossing railroad tracks at the narrowest location possible.
  • Avoiding planned development and projects
  • Providing access to developable areas.
  • Minimizing excavation in hilly terrain.

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Railroad Tracks

Waterway

Floodway

Floodplain

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A proposed new route connecting Hughes Road and Kimball Drive.

A proposed new route connecting Hughes Road and Kimball Drive.

US-69 “Complete Street”

Concepts

Based on feedback from the public and Village staff, the team has developed three concepts for Complete Streets Improvements for US-69 within Claycomo.

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Proposed area for Complete Street Improvements along US-69 within the Village of Claycomo.

Proposed area for Complete Street Improvements along US-69 within the Village of Claycomo.

All three concepts include a five-foot sidewalk and a 10-foot multiuse path along US-69. With each of the options, designers would also look for opportunities to provide safe pedestrian crossings of US-69 in consultation with MoDOT.


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Basic

$3.6 Million

  • Fits within existing curb limits
  • Maintains center turn lane
Dimensions of the new roadway, which would be built within existing curb limits and would keep a center turn lane.

Dimensions of the new roadway, which would be built within the existing curb limits and would keep a center turn lane.

A center turn lane in between lanes at an intersection.

A center turn lane in between lanes at an intersection.

2

Narrow Median

$7.9 Million

  • Fits within existing curb limits
  • Landscaped median with access management (see description below)
Dimensions of the new roadway, which would be built within existing curb limits and would include a new landscaped median.

Dimensions of the new roadway, which would be built within existing curb limits and would include a new landscaped median.

A landscaped median with designated points to turn left in an intersection for safety

A landscaped median with designated points to turn left in an intersection for safety.

3

Wide Median

$9.4 Million

  • Requires road widening, may result in additional property acquisition
  • Wider landscaped median with access management (see description below)
Dimensions of the new roadway, which would require widening the road, including a new, large landscaped median.

Dimensions of the new roadway, which would require widening the road, including a new, large landscaped median.

A wide landscaped median with designated points to turn left in an intersection for safety and to prevent congestion.

A wide landscaped median with designated points to turn left in an intersection for safety and to prevent congestion.

Access Management

When medians are added to a road, communities must consider access management. This involves driver and pedestrian safety and potential congestion issues by reducing conflict points.

For instance, some driveways may only allow right turns due to the median. Or, in other cases, driveways would be connected or consolidated to allow left turns at key locations.

A median with trees between lanes is seen above

Source: Google Earth. A median with trees between lanes.

A maintenance worker mows the grass in the median.

A maintenance worker mows the grass in the median.

Maintenance

Ongoing maintenance is an important consideration when planning these types of projects. Current cost estimates do not include maintenance, such as mowing, clearing the road of debris, or filling in potholes.

However, Claycomo officials will further consider this necessary work and funding for it as these projects develop.

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Of the three Complete Street options, which do you prefer? Why?

Remember to share your feedback in the form on the Your Feedback slide!

Potential Funding Sources

How can these projects be funded?

Potential Funding Sources

While individual intersections may best be handled by local jurisdictions and MoDOT, the new road and the US-69 Complete Street improvements are larger in scale. Potential funding sources for both projects is considered in more detail in our study.

There are several potential funding sources to pay for these improvements. Federal, state, and regional funds are all potentially available, as shown in the chart below. These are typically competitive projects – communities across the region, state, or nation compete to secure them – and they require a local “match.” The more local money a community can contribute, the more competitive it will be.

Multiple federal, state, and regional funding mechanisms can be used on a single project.

National

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USDOT Build Grant

Invests in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Typically, local match must be at least 20% of project cost.

USDOC EDA Public Works Program

Eligible projects include infrastructure-related efforts that focus on advanced manufacturing. Can include 50-80% federal participation.

State

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MO DED – Industrial Infrastructure Grant Program

Helps communities develop public infrastructure that allows industries to locate new facilities, expand existing facilities, prevent the closing of a facility or the relocation of a facility outside the state.

MoDOT – Governor’s Transportation Cost-Share Program

Builds partnerships with local communities to pool efforts and resources to deliver road and bridge projects. Program selects projects with the greatest economic benefit to the state.

General Appropriation from the Legislature

The Missouri legislature can make general appropriations for significant projects anywhere in the state.

Regional

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MARC STP Block Grant

Funds multimodal and roadway projects on federal-aid highways.

MARC CMAQ

Funds transportation projects that improve air quality by reducing congestion.

MARC Transportation Alternatives

Funds a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

Local

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Potential funding sources through the Village could include:

Tax Increment Financing (TIF),

which uses bonds whose debt service is repaid by future taxes generated by real estate investment.

A Transportation Development District (TDD) or Community Improvement District (CID),

in which sales tax, property tax, or special assessments are applied to the area affected by the roadway improvement.

Each of the programs described have unique qualifying elements, specific allowable activities, and funding limitations per project.

Project Bundling

The new road and the US-69 Complete Street improvements could also potentially be bundled together as a single project. This could be attractive for federal and state funding because the joint project combines economic development, traffic relief, and community improvement.

Claycomo and its partners will consider the best strategy going forward to fund and maintain these projects.

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Would you support an incremental sales tax along US-69 (within Claycomo) to provide a local match to attract regional, state, or federal funding?

Would you support a nominal property tax along the new road (within Claycomo) to provide a local match to attract regional, state, or federal funding? Why or why not?

Remember to share your feedback in the form on the Your Feedback slide!

Your Feedback

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We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback. Your thoughts are important to us!

Next Steps

What are the next steps for the Claycomo Connections Project?

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  1. The project team will review and consolidate your feedback.
  2. We will incorporate the information into our final analysis.
  3. We plan to complete the Claycomo Connections Study report by the end of the year.

Questions? Contact Village Clerk Jamie Wright at villageclerk@claycomo.org.

Thank you!

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Thank you for your interest in the Claycomo Connections Project!