Roe Blvd., the heart and main route of Roeland Park, KS, needed a facelift, some way to establish its own identity. The public and city had a big vision and with the help of GBA and Vireo, a local landscape architecture firm, that vision came to life!
The first step was to understand the current condition of the road. This was important to complete before any design work could begin.
After the condition was established, GBA and Vireo met with the community and residents of Roeland Park to start the visioning and planning phase of the project. Through several public involvement meetings, the team was able to understand specifically what the public envisioned. From those meetings, themes were developed that included improving pedestrian walkability, traffic calming, creating a sense of place and identity, enhancing roadway character and improving the beautification of Roe Blvd.
With the budget and timeline in mind, GBA provided design plans to utilize existing pavement while shifting curb lines and medians to fit an eight-foot walking trail and five-foot sidewalk within the existing right-of-way. This would allow residents to easily connect to the primary commercial and retail zones located on the west side of the street.
The design of the corridor also included custom street lighting, landscaping – provided by Vireo, gateway features and street trees to create a canopy look ensuring Roe Blvd. was unique and would stand out.
Another component of this project was to route traffic more efficiently. The road initially included five traffic signals within a half mile segment of the corridor before the redesign. By reducing the traffic signals to three in this segment, traffic would flow more efficiently and result in a lower crash rate. In addition, this helped reduce emissions and time spent waiting at the light, increasing traffic calming.
Construction was completed on time and within budget in 2020.
For more information on this project, visit: https://www.roelandpark.net/368/Roe-2020-Improvements