Olsson Associates


Johnson Drive Reconstruction and Markey Parkway & Towne Center Drive improvement projects earn recognition

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Alicia Krieger, Communications

Recently, Olsson Associates was recognized for its excellence on the Johnson Drive Reconstruction project and the Markey Parkway and Towne Center Drive project. Both projects received the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) award in the transportation category (Kansas City Metro Chapter), while the Johnson Drive reconstruction project also won the Capstone Award (infrastructure category) from the Kansas City Business Journal.

Johnson Drive Reconstruction Project

The Johnson Drive Reconstruction project started in 2012, when the Mission City Council approved a plan to renovate an eight-block section of Johnson Drive. The project included stormwater upgrades, new sidewalks, street lights, seat walls, landscape beds, trash and recycling receptacles, street signage, and three new pedestrian beacons to aid crossing at intersections. The $10.8 million project cost included design, easement and right-of-way acquisition, construction, and inspection.

According to Project Manager Paul Moore, this project was rewarding, yet challenging at the same time. While working with the City of Mission, local businesses, and the contractor, Olsson was able to design and construct a brand new corridor that allowed more pedestrian space, new underground utilities, new pavement, new light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights, and an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA-compliant) corridor. 

“The finished product has spawned new businesses in the area as well as motivated existing businesses to spruce up their store fronts,” Paul said. “This project personifies Mission’s commitment to investing in public infrastructure, and the results can be enjoyed for years to come.”

Markey Parkway and Towne Center Drive Project

Design coordination was a challenging element of the Markey Parkway and Towne Center Drive project, according to Jamie Fain, transportation team leader.

“The design challenge for this project was balancing the roadway alignment and elevations to work with the adjacent property to ensure they had good exposure from the new roadway,” Jamie said. “We also had to plan out the access in safe locations with good spacing to proposed intersections.” 

Senior Engineer Reid Catt noted that coordinating the stormwater system design and roadway plan and profile was a challenge as well. Olsson worked closely with the transportation development district and adjacent property developers to ensure we were able to meet each stakeholder’s expectations and bring the project in under budget.   

Olsson Associates’ work included roadway, traffic signal, storm drainage, culvert, landscaping, erosion control, traffic control, and permanent signing and pavement marking design. Olsson also helped facilitate the property swap, right-of-way, and easement negotiations.

The project included construction of 2,400 feet of a four-lane, divided arterial and approximately 950 feet of Towne Center Drive as a three-lane roadway. It also included bicycle lanes, a trail extension, significant lengths of 15-inch public sanitary sewer, storm sewer, 12-inch and 16-inch waterlines, traffic signal, pedestrian trail, an 11-foot-by-11-foot double box culvert to bridge Oil Creek, and creation of a regional detention facility for a nearby pond.

“The new roadway alignment affected an existing detention pond that was in disrepair. The pond had developed wetland vegetation around the perimeter and therefore required protection during construction,” Jamie said.

In addition to protecting and restoring the existing pond and wetland vegetation, Olsson Associates developed a creative solution that used the existing detention basin and floodplain area to create a regional dry detention basin. This design allowed for a smaller roadway culvert to create the restricted flows, thereby reducing costs on the overall project.

About the Awards

The APWA awards are divided into four divisions: projects less than $5 million (Markey Parkway and Towne Center Drive), projects of $5 million to $25 million (Johnson Drive Reconstruction), projects of $25 million to $75 million, and projects more than $75 million. The five categories include the following: structures, transportation, environment, historical restoration/preservation, and disaster or emergency construction/repair.

For a project to be considered for the APWA award, it is rated on the following criteria:

  • Good construction management techniques
  • Safety performance
  • Community relations
  • Awareness of the environment
  • Unusual accomplishments
  • Additional conditions deemed of importance to public works agency

The Kansas City Business Journal's Capstone Award honors achievements in Kansas City’s real estate developments. The categories awarded include community impact, industrial, adaptive reuse, infrastructure, architectural design, mixed use, multifamily, green design, office, and retail.

Both projects have been submitted for the APWA National Award recognition.

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