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North Oak Corridor Complete Streets Plan
Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
5.7 Mile Corridor
Gladstone and Kansas City, Missouri
Utilizing extensive stakeholder and community engagement, Confluence led the creation of a cohesive vision for effectively integrating bicycling, pedestrians, transit and other alternative mobility options into the existing North Oak Corridor.
This segment of the corridor contains existing right-of-way widths varying from ~65' to ~110', creating significant challenges for developing a cohesive and consistent design approach. Our goal was to enhance the corridor through accommodating pedestrians, bicycle and other modes of transportation safely and comfortably. In order to achieve this goal, the project explored complete street opportunities and alternatives, made access management recommendations, and worked hand-in-hand with the community to develop a plan that worked to benefit everyone. A set of funding and implementation strategies were also developed to ensure that the design will be carried forward in the future.
To help participants understand these unique challenges, our team created interactive planning tools and provided hands-on activities for stakeholders to utilize during the planning process. The resulting plan recommendations include an adjacent shared-use pathway to be placed consistently on the east side of the corridor and the integration of unique turnabout features. These features will strengthen the sense of arrival and serve as a unique placemaking feature in Downtown Gladstone while also providing safer pedestrian and bicycle crossings to future development areas on the west side of the corridor.