Johnson Drive Rehabilitation (Lamar to Nall)
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Project Contact: Justin Pregont
The Johnson Drive Rehabilitation Project will stretch from the West edge of Lamar to the West edge of Nall Avenue and will include full reconstruction of the pavement asphalt and curbs, allow for utilities to relocate and upgrade their infrastructure, install a stormwater interceptor that will reroute some of the peak flow from the Rock Creek channel, and upgrade streetscape improvements such as sidewalks, seat walls, and street lighting.
Project Progress Blog
November 9, 2012 Update:
Utility Relocation Work Ongoing
Several of the local utility companies have been out in various locations on Johnson Drive this past week. AT&T had a contractor potholing the exact locations of some of their facilities that will require relocation sometime in the next year and Kansas Gas has been working to relocate some of their meters along the north side of Johnson Drive.
August 23, 2012 Update:
City Council Approves Design Concept Resolution
A design concept resolution, which details the major elements and components to be included in the Johnson Drive Rehabilitation Project was approved by the City Council at last night's meeting. The design concept resolution directs the final design of the project to include:
- Maintaining the current four-lane configuration.
- The Johnson Drive Interceptor stormwater conveyance system (See the
Interceptor Preliminary Engineering Study - Streetscape and hardscape elements such as decorative street lights, decorative planter boxes & seat walls, and street trees, shrubs, and misc. landscaping items.
- Removal of the traffic signal at the Johnson Drive / Woodson intersection to be replaced with a two-way stop configuration on Woodson Rd.
- Acquisition of rights-of-way and permanent easements in order to ensure all lanes of traffic and on-street parking spaces are located in the public right of way and all sidewalks, from the back of curb to the face of the building, are located within permanent easements. The City will assume responsibility for structural maintenance on both the street, parking spaces, and sidewalk as well as any other amenities that may be included such as street lights, benches, planter boxes, seat walls.
- Public head-in on-street parking stalls will not have mandated maximum time limits on the use of each individual parking stall.
Several items being discussed that were NOT included in the design concept resolution passed by the City Council include decorative archways, stamped concrete intersections at Lamar and Woodson, and use of colored concrete on sidewalks throughout the project.
Over the next few months, the contracted design engineer (Olsson Associates) will be finalizing utility relocation plans while City staff will begin the process of appraisal and property owner contact for clearing the project's right of way and easement acquisition needs.
March 23, 2012 Update:
AT&T Crews to Begin Potholing
We have been notified by Olsson Associates (project design engineer) that AT&T plans to begin potholing various locations along Johnson Drive (Lamar to Nall) as they plan their utility relocation strategy for this project. It is possible that temporary lane closures will occur while that work is underway. We expect their crews in the field sometime in the next couple weeks.
October 21, 2011 Update:
Open House Presentation Materials Now Available Online A public "open house style" event was held last night to present the Johnson Drive preliminary design concepts to t he public. About thirty people attended. Having these presentation materials available online will allow members of the public the opportunity to continue engaging in the process, whether or not they were able to attend the open house. See the links below:
Project Scope (Major Infrastructure)
Project Scope (Pedestrian Safety)
Initial Citizen Feedback
Preliminary Project Plans
Streetscape Design Option (A)
Streetscape Design Option (B)
Streetscape Design (Intersection Components)
Streetscape Design (Sign Furnishings & Landscaping)
In addition to the presentation materials linked above, the video posted at the top of this page was played on loop for open house attendees to view.
Finally, please take a few moments to fill out the project questionnaire, which will inform how design of this project is finalized in the coming months. Follow the link below:
"Johnson Drive Public Engagement Questionnaire" (now closed)
October 17, 2011 Update:
"Open House" to be Held on October 20th
A public "open house style" event will be held on October 20th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center. The event will be lead by city staff and will engage attendees on the various aspects of designing the project.
What should the streetscape look like? How should sidewalks be integrated? How should parking be organized? What kind of amenities should be included? Planters, benches, landscaping, decorative intersections & sidewalks, etc... ? Participants will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire on their preferences to help guide the City's engineers as they progress through the designing process.
September 20, 2011 Update:
"Listening Session" to be Held at Community Center on September 22nd
A public "listening session" will be held tomorrow night, Thursday, September 22nd at 7 PM at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center. City staff and design engineers will be on hand to listen to the comments and concerns of the Johnson Drive stakeholders and the general public. Following the meeting, a summary will be posted on this page.
May 19, 2011 Update:
Council Approves Preliminary Design Contract
At the May 19, 2011 regular City Council Meeting, Council awarded a preliminary design contract to the firm Olsson & Associates, which will include geo-technical work on the street (core sampling), surveying, as well as the production of preliminary project plans. This design work is scheduled to begin in June of 2011.
March 17, 2011 Update:
Council Passes Resolution to Guide Design of Johnson Drive
Last evening, the City Council passed a Resolution that identifies Johnson Drive (Lamar to Nall) as a critical priority for new public investment. Additionally, this Resolution establishes design guidelines. You can view that Resolution (#823) by clicking the link below: