Shawnee launches traffic study along K-7 corridor

SHAWNEE, Kan. – As new development continues to happen in Shawnee, city leaders are looking ahead to plan for future traffic needs.

On Monday, the Shawnee City Council voted to award the $77,580 contract Olsson Associates to develop a traffic study along K-7.

The K-7 Corridor Traffic Study Area will include the entire K-7 corridor from the city limits north to 83rd Street. The study area will stretch from just beyond Woodland Drive west toward the Kansas River.

“We’ve actually expanded the original scope to include both sides of K-7. I think we’re going to get a more comprehensive view of this,” said Councilman Eric Jenkins. “I think that’s going to give us some valuable information as we move forward.” and new developments.”

Olsson will be tasked with collecting traffic data at key intersections to develop a travel demand model for the project area. The model will then be presented at a public open house, and Olsson will work to gather resident feedback on the model.

After that, the company will create three additional models to display: existing traffic and known progress, a model that shows the full development and a model that represents long-range transportation plans that include information about traffic growth throughout the metro.

Once the model is complete, Olsson will create a list of needed repairs for all major roads in the study area. The list will provide background information for city staff to determine when infrastructure improvements are needed as construction progresses.

Any future road improvements will require additional approval from the city council before work can begin. Olsson expects it will take approximately four months to complete the project.

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