Updates on Pittsburg Road Projects: Quincy, Rouse, and Broadway
Pittsburg’s “Active Transportation Advisory Board” considers adding reverse angle parking along Broadway Street.
It’s just one of the options suggested by PedNet Coalition as part of the Master Ten Year Transportation Plan adopted by the City Commission.
PedNet suggests certain cross sections of Broadway, such as between 4 th and 3 rd , could benefit from this unconventional parking style along with a road diet. The road diet would reduce Broadway from four to two lanes with a center turn lane and bike lanes on either side.
Pittsburg Public Works Director Cameron Alden says, “You’re not trying to look over your shoulder and try and see around another vehicle before you back into the traffic flow. So it does add a degree of safety there and again it adds other benefits. You know, if you’re loading up any of your purchases or unloading anything to the back of your vehicle you’re there at the sidewalk. You’re not trying to unload it into traffic then carry it around. ”
Plans for changes are still just suggestions. The advisory board also gave an update on the Pitsco Sunflower Trail, which is just about complete. The nearly one-mile stretch along Rouse Street now has sidewalks from Adams to the railroad tracks. Pitsco’s CEO funded most of the about $150,000 project along with a Sunflower Foundation Grant. And to help beautify the trail, a fiberglass football and two mosaic coal buckets were placed at Quincy and Rouse. Cews will also add a bench and lighting.
“The project itself is essentially complete. There’s a little small park area that basically there’s going to be a bench there where folks can take a seat and rest as they move along the trail there,” says Alden.
City officials hope to continue expanding the trail once funding is secured. It’s all part of the city’s greater connectivity plan.
F ollowing delays, Pittsburg city officials hope to have road improvements on Quincy Avenue complete by December.
The project should have been done by now, Alden said crews got off to a slow start in the spring because of the rainy weather. Some of the changes made from South Broadway street to Stillwell street include new pavement, drainage upgrades, transitions from three lanes to two lanes, and ADA compliant wheelchair ramps. Traffic lanes along Quincy between Broadway and Joplin have been poured, but there is still more work to be done.
Alden says, “They’re pouring the curb now on that, and a number of driveways as well as the two intersections that need to be poured as well before that gets fully reopened.”
Alden expects Quincy Avenue to be opened by December 9 th . According to the city’s website, the project is estimated to cost $3.2 million, 80% of which is covered by a KDOT grant.