Our Work

Burlington Corridor Complete Streets Plan

North Kansas City, Missouri

Confluence led a multi-disciplinary team to create a vision for revitalizing the existing 2-mile Burlington Avenue Corridor (Missouri 9 Highway) through the City of North Kansas City. This important corridor is one of three primary roadways connecting Kansas City’s Northland area over the Missouri River into Downtown Kansas City, Missouri – and connects with the only existing bridge that provides pedestrian and bicycle connectivity. While this roadway serves as a vital traffic mover in the hectic morning and evening rush hours, it experiences dramatically less vehicular use during off-peak periods. While also serving as a primary gateway into the City of North Kansas City and their quaint Downtown District, this corridor also provides vital access to an extensive array of commercial and industrial properties in the area.

Through a series of facilitated design workshops to collaboratively engage an advisory committee comprised of local stakeholders, area residents and business owners, our team developed a comprehensive revitalization program for the corridor. Recommended improvements include optimizing and narrowing existing traffic lane configurations to create the Kansas City Metropolitan Area’s first dedicated “Cycle Track”. This new facility will provide a designated two-way bicycle facility along the entire eastern edge of the corridor to enhance opportunities for residents and employees to utilize alternative transportation options for daily trips and connecting with the region’s emerging trail network. Integration of transit stations/infrastructure, on-street vehicular parking, and widened sidewalks and pedestrian amenities were other key considerations that are being incorporated into the planned improvements. The aesthetic character of the corridor’s streetscape appearance is planned to emulate a modern industrial theme that honors the historic use of the corridor while also promoting continued revitalization activities and redevelopment of adjacent properties. Conceptual design and a final report outlining the scope of this transformation for this corridor was completed in early 2016.