Overland Park looking for input on improving pedestrian access, transportation at College and Metcalf

An overhead view of the corridor study area.
An overhead view of the corridor study area.

Overland Park will hold two meetings next Tuesday looking for input on how the city can improve pedestrian access and multi-modal transportation in one of the city’s busiest corridors.

Since last fall, the city has been in the planning stages of a project to determine what improvements to the College Boulevard and Metcalf Avenue corridor would provide the most benefit to residents and businesses. The study area, which run roughly from Nall Avenue on the east to Lowell Avenue on the west and from the I-435 on the north to 112th Street on the south, includes the Overland Park Convention Center.

The two meetings will both be held at the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce offices, 9001 West 110th Street, Suite 150. The first meeting, which will begin at 4 p.m., will be for businesses in the area. The second meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m., will be for the general public.

Both meetings will include an overview of conceptual plans for the area that would increase pedestrian and bike mobility in the area, as well as improve the experience of people wanting to use multiple modes of transportation in the area.

According to the city, the planning team is expected to produce a set of recommendations about next steps toward a final development plan for transportation in the corridor. The city’s announcement of the meetings indicates the final plan may include the following elements:

  • A conceptual plan for a pedestrian network and active spaces within the existing corridor.
  • A conceptual design of transitions between various types of multi-modal transportation facilities to facilitate development around the Convention Center.
  • Consensus on improvements to the College & Metcalf corridor.
  • An implementation plan for future improvements to be used by the City for future development.

You can learn more about the study and the meetings here.