Consultants unveil initial drawings for major revamp of 75th Street in Prairie Village

Widened sidewalks and new streetlamps are part of the proposed changes along 75th Street.

Groundbreaking on the project is at least 16 months away, but the public got its first look Monday at conceptual drawings for the major revamp of 75th Street from Mission Road to State Line Road in Prairie Village.

Consultants George Butler and Associates presented the Prairie Village city council with an overview of the conceptual design work it has done on the project, which will be funded in part by a $1.6 million federal grant. The grant was awarded via a proposal put forth by the Mid-America Regional Council to improve the bike-and-pedestrian friendliness of metro-area communities. The federal funds must be used in 2014.

Among the design features included in the initial drawings are:

  • New continuous sidewalks on north and south sides of 75th Street.
  • Narrowing 75th Street lanes from 12 feet to 11 feet to allow for better pedestrian accommodations on the north side of the street.
  • Adding an aesthetically pleasing facade to retaining walls.
  • Realigning 75th Street at Belinder Avenue including the possibility of concrete curb medians.
  • Improving landscaping and other aesthetics at Belinder Avenue and 75th Street
  • Building a “city entrance” feature at 75th Street and State Line Road
  • Pedestrian activated beacons for crossing 75th Street near Windsor Street.
  • Improved bus accommodations.
  • New concrete curb, new asphalt pavement, and drainage improvements.

The city and GBA will host a public meeting in early 2013 to solicit additional public feedback on the initial designs.

The proposal calls for the installation of a ribbon of brick paving to buffer the sidewalk from traffic in some areas.
A set of stone pillars could serve as the “welcome monument” greeting visitors when they cross into Prairie Village on 75th Street over State Line Road.