Roe Avenue Improvements Form Final Connection in Multi-Year ProgramPosted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 by Shane Standley
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Prairie Village’s CARS program focuses on the rehabilitation of collector and arterial streets. For the last several years, we’ve worked together to improve segments of Roe Ave as part of this effort. For the 2019 project, the city decided to update the area between 63rd and 75th Streets. This aging stretch of roadway is adjacent to sections that had been upgraded in previous years. These changes have created a continuous pathway for drivers and pedestrians.
While the sidewalks and curb were in fair condition, the roadway was not. In fact, the subgrade was compromised, impacting the quality of the road. To determine the best pathway forward, we worked with a geotechnical expert. She evaluated the roadway and provided a recommendation on how to stabilize the subgrade. The best solution to keep the project moving forward was to replace the poor soil with aggregate for better compaction and add a layer of geotextile grid for strength and support.
The project included the complete reconstruction of the asphalt roadway, as well as new curb and gutter and sidewalk. The full tear-out presented the city with the opportunity to replace some deteriorated storm sewer pipes and inlets. Pavement markings and signage were also updated.
Due to the extensive nature of the improvements, part of an existing, integral sidewalk retaining wall was removed at 63rd and Roe. Our team worked to replace the section, ensuring it complemented the remaining wall sections. To increase accessibility for all users, we also updated the ADA ramps here.
The newly paved roadway offers better access to those with driveways coming off Roe Avenue. At one time, they had steep slopes that made entry difficult. For this project, we adjusted the profile and grading to improve drainage and make certain water would be conveyed to the storm sewer system. With these changes, home and business owners have protection from stormwater runoff, but can more easily traverse the roadway.
This project helped the city complete their multi-year effort and made the roadway accessible to both drivers and pedestrians. By reinvesting in their infrastructure, Prairie Village is moving their community forward with better access and more effective stormwater solutions.