Construction work along 75th Street between State Line Road and Mission Road this summer will pave the way for a full revamp of the thoroughfare next summer.
Prairie Village Public Works officials last week held an open house to solicit input from the community on plans to execute a major facelift for the road, which is one of the most used — and deteriorated — in the city. The Prairie Village City Council late last year approved a plan for the reconstruction of the street, which will be funded in part with grant money from the Kansas Department of Transportation. KDOT will provide up to $1.6 million of the total project cost, which will be in the neighborhood of around $2.5 million.
Initially, the city had hoped to be able to complete the project this summer, but it became clear that extensive utility work, including the water main replacement that it currently under way, would necessitate pushing the bulk of the project to 2015.
When the project is complete, there will be continuous sidewalk on both the north and south side of the street from State Line to Mission. On the south side of the street, where there is no sidewalk in many places, there will be a continuous four foot sidewalk with an additional one-foot brick paved buffer. On the north side, the sidewalk will be six feet wide with an additional one-foot buffer. Additionally, there will be new “pedestrian nodes” with seating and landscaping at both Belinder Avenue and State Line.