City of Shawnee

Re-Imagine 75th Street

 

Re-Imagine 75th Street
A Pedestrian, Streetscape, and Amenity Corridor Design Guide

In 2019 and 2020, the City of Shawnee, in partnership with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), completed planning for a streetscape revitalization project called Re-Imagine 75th Street to focus on the corridor of 75th Street between Switzer Road and Quivira Road.

The design guide and transportation vision will:

  • Improve bicycle and pedestrian connections along the corridor.
  • Beautify the corridor by implementing new streetscape amenities that are sustainable and environmentally sensitive.
  • Implement new transit facilities to provide a safe and convenient environment that encourage multimodal transit.
  • A comprehensive approach to allow for the integration of future development opportunities.

Corridor Map The goal of the overall vision is to help create a unique identity and sense of community for the 75th Street corridor. Recommendations from the public input sessions continue to provide guidance to create safe access for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders. The study continues to provide both short-term recommendations that can be incorporated into the initial project as well as long-term guidance to advance the vision.

Current Status
As of June 30, 2021, the City’s Public Works Department is incorporating findings from the Re-Imagine 75th Street study in a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) for this corridor. This CIP consists of road improvements to 75th Street, stormwater infrastructure improvements and aesthetic improvements inspired by the Re-Imagine 75th Street study. An initial scope of work was released for bids on April 16, 2021. The City received three bids and all were higher than the available budget for the project. The City is currently working with the design consultant to refine the design before re-bidding the project. A public meeting about the project will be held in early Fall 2021. The City plans to re-bid the project before the end of 2021 to receive more competitive pricing in anticipation of lower material costs.

Staff is still moving forward with the design and plan preparation for an aesthetic wall/mural in front of the Southern Star property at 75th and Nieman. This work will also be bid in Fall 2021.

75th Street Fun Facts

Car Icon  Nearly 34,000 vehicles travel 75th Street near Switzer Road daily. Traffic volume gradually decreases westward with less than 10,000 vehicles west of Quivira Road.
Walk Icon  Shawanoe Elementary and Trailridge Middle are located along 75th Street. Based on recent counts, up to 30% of elementary students walk to school.
Bike Icon  The Turkey Creek Trail in Merriam is located east of the study corridor. The Blackfish Parkway Trail is located west of the study corridor.
Bus Icon  Last year, nearly 40,000 riders traveled along bus Route 475 (Quivira-75th Street) and 18,000 riders traveled along Route 402 (Johnson-Quivira).
Home Icon  The Westbrooke Green redevelopment (northeast corner of 75th Street and Quivira Road) will include residential, retail, and restaurant uses. Single-family homes, apartments, and commercial uses are also located along 75th Street.