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Main Street Corridor

Kansas City, Missouri

After preparing a streetscape master plan, Confluence was hired to lead the initial phases of plan implementation. During the process, Confluence facilitated an open community driven design process that allowed stakeholders and the community to reshape Kansas City’s Main Street. This corridor has seen the city grow up around it, serving as a streetcar line and primary artery connecting some of Kansas City’s most notable commercial and tourist districts as well as many of the City’s urban residential neighborhoods. This new streetscape program will provide a much needed face lift and continue to build on the momentum surrounding some recently completed redevelopment and revitalization efforts along the corridor.

The guiding principles of the design focus on prioritizing pedestrian circulation, building stronger brand identity for the corridor, and creating a unique and identifiable atmosphere that is attractive to new businesses and residents alike. Main Street carries Kansas City’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line. With this in mind, design proposals and construction sequencing must be closely coordinated with the BRT facilities and operation to ensure rider service and experience are not compromised during construction and that the pedestrian experience is further enhanced after implementation.

The design incorporates unique opportunities to tell pedestrians about the significant history of the area and to recreate Main Street as a destination rather than simply a conduit to move vehicles. Out dated and unsafe street intersections are re-aligned to enhance pedestrian safety while maintaining the necessary vehicular movements. A series of storm water best management practices will be introduced to treat run off prior to entering the storm sewer system. A final but important enhancement will be the introduction of additional street lighting to improve illumination and uniformity of light distribution throughout the corridor.