163rd Street Improvements
When we first began work on the 163rd Street Improvements with the City of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, they wanted to replace the temporary signal with a permanent one to increase safety. They also planned to connect the school to the trail on Route 7. As they were planning the project, a developer added a gas station to the other side of the intersection. The Missouri Depart-ment of Transportation required a signal upgrade. With this component of their project underway and funded by the developer, the city was able to adjust their planned scope.
At the time, 163rd Street was in poor condition and had regular maintenance issues. Instead of replacing the signal, the city decided to reconstruct the roadway and keep their plans to expand the trail. This approach would make the roadway safer for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
The city selected asphalt for the roadway due to its ease of maintenance. With an Intermediate School within the project site, they wanted to accommodate the bus traffic and reduce future maintenance needed. As a result, they chose to reinforce the pavement using 8 inches of aggregate, which is higher than the typical 4 to 6 inches.
To enhance the trail along Route 7, we designed a new multi-use trail along the south side of 163rd Street to the Pleasant Hill Intermediate School. This new trail connects back to the existing path and is part of the city’s long-term plan to continue this pathway to the east.
Find more details about this project here.