Prairie Village schedules first public meeting for 71st to 75th Street renovation on Mission

The Mission Road project should help improve pedestrian safety for students walking to SM East and St. Ann Catholic School.
The Mission Road project should help improve pedestrian safety for students walking to SM East and St. Ann Catholic School.

Prairie Village residents interested in sharing their views on the renovation of Mission Road from 71st Street to 75th Street next year will have their chance at a public meeting next week.

The meeting, to be held Monday, June 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Prairie Village City Hall, will be the first formal public input opportunity since the council narrowly approved a resolution making the project a priority in the 2016 budget in April. City staff and Mayor Laura Wassmer had urged the council to have the city pursue the project in 2017 to ensure there was adequate time for planning, but the council ultimately voted to pursue the project on an accelerated timeline after an organized effort from a group of neighborhood homeowners.

Public Works Director Keith Bredehoeft told the City Council earlier this month that preliminary results of the traffic study on the stretch indicated that three-lane striping would be appropriate for the area, an approach that would give planners more flexibility in adding pedestrian- and bike-friendly features like expanded sidewalks or dedicated bike lines.

The city plans to hold a second public input meeting after planners have developed preliminary concepts for the project.