Roeland Park gets ready to move to formal design phase of Roe Blvd. revamp project

Plans to improve Roe Boulevard continued Monday as the Roeland Park City Council gave consensus to move a $480,823 task order to support the project’s design to the next council meeting agenda. “This is to take us from that visioning phase through the design phase,” said director of public works Jose Leon.

The city completed surveying and preliminary design of the project’s visioning phase in 2017, at a cost of $330,000. Initial suggestions by Vireo and George Butler Associates include the creation of gateway elements at north and south entrances of Roe, reduction of traffic signals, shortened turn lanes, and increased greenspace and landscaping.

The improvements also focus on pedestrian safety and include plans for a mixed-use trail, safer crosswalks, and buffered sidewalks.

The full cost of the Roe Boulevard update is estimated at $8.1 million, with $7 million going towards construction cost.

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