$5.2 million Clear Creek Parkway extension project headed by Lenexa-based firm
The lead construction company in the recently approved Clear Creek Parkway extension project in western Shawnee has released more details on plans for the new road.
In January, the Shawnee City Council approved financial details on an improvement district for a 300-unit, single-family residential development in western Shawnee and the construction of an extended Clear Creek Parkway to Kansas Highway 7. The new residential development will be located between Clare and Gleason roads.
The improvement district includes about $1.6 million in special assessments that will be paid by property owners in their property taxes over 10 years. The payments will go toward the construction of the new Clear Creak Parkway through the established benefit district. It will also bring an area that has been waiting to be developed back to life after almost a decade.
Shawnee is contracting with Lenexa-based Shafer, Kline & Warren, or SKW, on the $5.2 million project that is now underway and is scheduled to be completed in late 2016.
SKW is providing site survey, as well as roadway, lighting, recreational trail and storm sewer design, and construction observation to ensure the Clear Creek Parkway extension to Clare Road is done according to plan.
Clear Creek Parkway currently dead-ends after crossing K-7.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us, and we’re excited to build on our rich history with the City of Shawnee,” said Howard Lubliner, SKW managing director of infrastructure services. “Since part of this road alignment goes through a new development, it is important that the survey, engineering and construction reflect an understanding of how developers work and enable this area to thrive.”
In addition to passing through the new development, the Clear Creek Parkway will split Shawnee Golf and Country Club and include golf cart underpasses. SKW partnered with Landworks Studios to develop the proposed design and landscape architecture that incorporates the stonework and sculptures from the K-7 bridge into the connection of Clear Creek Parkway and Gleason Road.
“There just aren’t too many new road alignments left in the Kansas City Metroplex, so we’re understandably grateful and eager to work on this project,” said Lubliner, who also served as KDOT’s manager for the Clear Creek Parkway bridge project over the K-7 interchange.
Through the public hearing process for the city, several residents voiced concerns about traffic in the area, especially around Belmont Elementary and on the existing residential streets.
To ease those concerns, Brian Johanning, SKW vice president for infrastructure and development, will work as the project’s development liaison to assure the project meets the public and private needs.
“This alignment will be an important and beautiful asset for the community as it grows and develops,” Johanning said. “Each of us on the team at SKW will use our experience and expertise to ensure it fulfills the needs for the developers, the golf course and the entire community.”
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