Thank you to everyone who joined us for the public open house on
July 28! Stay tuned for upcoming engagement opportunities.
We're on the MOVE to connect our corridor through smart land use and well-integrated transportation infrastructure that will complement and support the health of our surrounding environment.
The Merriam Drive Corridor Study is a new planning study that will assess all transportation modes along and around Merriam Drive, including vehicular traffic, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and public transit. The study will also assess the development and growth patterns within the corridor study area.
The corridor study area includes Merriam Drive and a buffer of approximately ¼ mile, running from 51st Street to Southwest Boulevard and includes portions of the cities of Merriam, Overland Park, Mission, and Kansas City, Kansas. The portion of Merriam Drive to be studied is approximately four miles long.
Study of the Turkey Creek Trail is another important aspect of this project. Missing linkages will be addressed to enhance the recreational and commuting potential of the trail, and flood management mechanisms will be explored to make the trail more resilient in the event of severe weather.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT AREA?
The map below shows the project area, which includes Merriam Drive (shown in yellow) and its surrounding corridor (shown in gray). Four cities are included in the project area: Kansas City, Kansas; Mission, Kansas; Overland Park, Kansas; and Merriam, Kansas.
Click on the map to enlarge it.
WHAT ARE THE PROJECT GOALS?
Provide measurable action steps for both public and private property owners to further PROMOTE MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION options and ENCOURAGE REDEVELOPMENT of the corridor area.
Equitably ENGAGE PROPERTY OWNERS AND NEIGHBORS in meaningful and descriptive conversation about the future uses in the corridor area.
Develop an implementation strategy to close existing gaps in the TURKEY CREEK TRAIL across all jurisdictions.
Conceptualize a multi-modal and COMPLETE STREETS PLAN for Merriam Drive and its integration into adjacent multi-modal transportation networks.
Identify and develop complimentary GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE projects in the corridor study area that supports stormwater management and stormwater quality, place-making, urban heat island reduction, and buffers for multi-modal connectivity.
Create a framework that best positions the corridor and surrounding neighborhoods to become a THRIVING AND DESIRABLE PLACE to live and conduct business.
WHAT DOES THE PLANNING PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
The planning process will take approximately eight months and consist of six primary phases: from DISCOVER, where a baseline understanding of the corridor is developed, to ENGAGE where the community shares their voice, to PLAN & REFINE when the actual road map for the future of topics like development and connectivity are recorded, to IMPLEMENT and SUSTAIN when the new plan is put to work.
April 2021 - July 2021
June 2021 - September 2021
PLAN & REFINE
August 2021 - September 2021
August 2021 - September 2021
October 2021 - November 2021
December 2021 and on
Get involved in the process... here's how!
ATTEND THE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Public Open House #1 will take place on July 28, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater Street, Merriam, Kansas 66202.
As the planning process continues, project work, including relevant graphics, mapping, and documents, will be available for download and review below. Check back often!