Roe 2020 project remains on track with residential striping completed, 55th Street signal back in service

The city of Roeland Park's largest infrastructure project is well underway, with milling, paving and striping south of 51st Street completed. Above, Roe Boulevard southbound near 55th Street.

After nearly five months of construction, Roeland Park’s largest infrastructure project in the history of the city remains on track for completion by Thanksgiving 2020.

Why it matters: Roe 2020 is a $10 million renovation of the city’s main thoroughfare, Roe Boulevard, from northern city limits to southern city limits. The residential portion of the street — south of 51st Street — is on schedule to complete major construction milestones within the next few weeks.

The project is bringing eight-foot sidewalks, a completely repaved and restriped street, new landscaping and for many Roe Boulevard residents, new or partially-new driveways.

The traffic signal at 55th Street and Roe Boulevard is back in service, and should be fully functional later this week.

Latest city updates: Crews began pavement striping at the end of last week, and surface paving was completed last week, according to the latest Roe 2020 city update. Below is a comprehensive list of updates as outlined by the city on Oct. 20:

  • The traffic signal poles at 50th Terrace and Roe Lane will be removed sometime this week or next, depending on traffic control change approvals.
  • Milling, paving, striping and staining of sidewalk retaining walls south of 51st Street is completed.
  • The 55th Street traffic signals are back in service, though the lights are currently flashing. The intersection should be fully functional later this week.
  • Streetlight poles remain in limbo, though all wire, conduit and streetlight bases have been installed.
  • Sodding south of 51st Street is underway.

Additionally, curbs, driveways and most sidewalks south of 51st Street are completed. Future city updates can be found on the city’s Roe 2020 online hub here.