Prairie Village approves agreement with KDOT to renovate 75th Street

Upgraded sidewalks and lighting are part of the project tentatively scheduled to begin in 2014.
Upgraded sidewalks and lighting are part of the project tentatively scheduled to begin in 2014.

If all goes according to plan, Prairie Village residents will see the beginnings of a long-awaited facelift along 75th Street sometime in 2014.

The Prairie Village City Council on Monday approved a renovation plan for the heavily used thoroughfare between State Line Road and Mission Road that includes significant funding through the Kansas Department of Transportation. As part of the agreement, KDOT agrees to pay up to 80 percent of the costs related to construction and engineering, a total not to exceed $1,616,800.

KDOT is making the federal funding for the project available to the city based on its selection through a process administered through the Mid-America Regional Council. The project will include significant streetscape upgrades designed to improve the pedestrian experience, upgrading both aesthetics and safety features. The project will also include the construction of a substantial “monument” at the intersection of State Line Road and 75th Street, which will serve as a signifier for motorists crossing the intersection from the east that they are entering the city.

Prairie Village public works director Keith Bredehoeft said he is hopeful that the scheduling process with KDOT will allow the city to begin and complete the work in 2014 — but that it was possible the project may be bumped to 2015.

A monument at the intersection of State Line Road and 75th Street will let motorists know they are entering Prairie Village.
A monument at the intersection of State Line Road and 75th Street will let motorists know they are entering Prairie Village.