FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 24, 2016
A popular South Kansas City thoroughfare is getting a new look, one phase at a time. The second phase of a face-lift for a stretch of 135th Street on the City’s south side is complete, so City council members are teaming up with Martin City and Jackson County representatives this afternoon to celebrate.
The ribbon cutting will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at the northwest corner of 135th Street and Oak Street. Parking is available behind RC’s Restaurant, 330 E. 135th St.
Phase two of this collaboration between Kansas City, Jackson County and the Martin City Community Improvement District resulted in major upgrades to 135th Street from Oak to Wornall that include:
- a lane addition
- new sidewalks
- waterline and street lighting upgrades
- new storm sewer
- new curbs and gutters
- new pavement
- new traffic signal at Wornall.
Kansas City funded the $3.25 million construction through capital improvement dollars. Jackson County and Martin City CID funded design work. Additionally, Martin City CID funded right-of-way acquisition and the installation of brick pavers, hanging basket poles and other aesthetic and pedestrian enhancements.
135th Street has already seen significant upgrades with the completion of the project’s first phase in late 2014. The Cornerstone Award-winning first phase also cost $3.25 million and improved 135th Street from Holmes to Oak, including a lane addition, on-street parking, drainage improvements, new curbs and sidewalks and a new traffic signal at Holmes Road.
The third and final phase would upgrade 135th from Wornall to Highway 150. Kansas City and Martin City CID are applying for Fiscal Year 2017 Public Improvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) funds to complete the final phase. The PIAC uses information gathered through the hearings and written requests from citizens to recommend funding for public improvement projects.
For more information, contact Beth Breitenstein at 816-513-2612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.