Author Archives: Mike McKenna

City of De Soto Increases Safety at 91st and Lexington

Posted on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 by
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The intersection at 91st Street and Lexington Avenue is located near De Soto High School and a few commercial businesses. The area has significant traffic with K-10 highway nearby. During peak hours, it was a challenge for drivers to make a left-hand turn from 91st Street, and some were taking unnecessary risks. The City of […]

City of Overland Park Lays Foundation for Future Expansion with Safety Improvements

Posted on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 by
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roadway engineering

The City of Overland Park, Kansas wanted to improve safety along 179th Street, between US-69 and Metcalf Ave. While completing this project, they also hoped to prepare the roadway for a planned future expansion. To do this, they asked us, their engineer-of-record, to make key modifications to the designs. Our survey crew began by completing […]

Signal Improvements and Added Sidewalks Increase Access to Local Amenities in Shawnee

Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 by
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With the opening of the new Monticello Library, the City of Shawnee, Kansas wanted to improve access for all pedestrians. The library is located near busy Shawnee Mission Parkway (SMP), a growing commercial district, and a thriving residential area. Although there were sidewalks along the path between the neighborhood and the library, they were not […]

Olathe to Improve Capacity on 159th Street with Redesigned Intersection

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 by
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olathe traffic control improvement

The City of Olathe, Kansas was facing capacity issues at the 159th Street and Blackbob intersection. The four-way stop was busy during typical peak hours and was even worse on weekends due to youth sports events in the area. Traffic was slow, and a new design was needed to increase flow and improve safety. Affinis […]

New Data Sources Change Traffic Design and Community Planning

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 by
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affinis replica data driven design

For years, traffic engineers and communities have relied on the same resources and methods to project and accurately count traffic. With more data readily available, they now have a range of alternatives, each using its own unique approach. I recently met with Replica, a Kansas City based company whose software strives to help individuals understand […]

City of Olathe Increases Accessibility Around High School

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 by
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intersection traffic olathe

The City of Olathe, KS was faced with aging infrastructure at a key intersection near Olathe South High School (OSHS). They needed to replace the existing traffic signal at 151st and Lennox and decided to make the area ADA compliant and add pedestrian crossings at the same time. Working closely with the city, our team […]

KU’s Simulator Collects Optical Data to Study Distracted Driving

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 by
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We recently hosted eight Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) roadway engineers at the University of Kansas’s (KU) Transportation Engineering Analysis Laboratory (TEAL). At the lab, grad students, under the direction of Dr. Alexandria Kondyli, use an in-house simulator to examine the human factors that impact driving. Current studies are focused on various aspects of distracted […]

Our 9 Step Approach to Utility Relocation

Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 by
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9 steps to relocate utilities

Utility relocation plays a large role in many of our projects. As a result, we’ve developed a tested process for coordinating with utilities. Here are the nine steps we take each time: We start by communicating early and often. During the survey process, our team will make the “one-call,” survey the flagged areas, prepare a […]

Johnson County Delivers Signature Park Experience

Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 by
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Johnson County Parks and Recreation (JCRPD) wanted to deliver a new signature park experience to residents. The fast-growing populations in Prairie Village, Overland Park, and Leawood would all benefit from a park, but there weren’t many large greenspaces available. Several years ago, JCPRD was presented with a unique public/private partnership. The plan was to transform […]

The City of Olathe Improves Roadway Capacity to Support Growth

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 by
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151st and Mur-Len Olathe kansas

For years, the City of Olathe, Kansas has continued to grow, adding businesses and residential areas across the community. However, the influx of residents has placed a strain on some of their infrastructure. The intersection at 151st and Mur-Len was no exception. It had regular congestion, and with growth planned to the South, the city […]