A much-needed road diet and new sidewalk are on the way for Mission Road in Rosedale district of Kansas City, KS! The project is removing a lane of northbound Mission Road and repurposing the space with a new sidewalk between 43rd Avenue and the Belrose Manor apartments. A crosswalk will include a pedestrian refuge island to make it safer to access the very popular Rosedale Park.
We are especially excited for improved neighborhood connection to Frank Rushton Elementary School, where BikeWalkKC is supporting the weekly Walking School Bus and helping the school community improve the safety of all kids walking and biking to school. Many of the students live in Belrose Manor and needed a safer way to get to school.
A sidewalk years in the making
Pedestrian access along and across Mission Road has been a huge issue for the neighborhood for several years. Our colleagues at the Rosedale Development Association led the charge advocating for this sidewalk with Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS. We are proud of their success and excited to see even more improvements for people who walk and bike in Rosedale.
Mission Road is an important connection I-35, KU Medical Center, Westport, and the business districts on Southwest Boulevard, West 39th Street, and 47th Avenue. It is also a high-speed barrier between the Hilltop, Friendship Heights and Frank Rushton neighborhoods in the Rosedale area.
Learn more about the Mission Road project at RDA’s I Need A Sidewalk web site.
Next step is a sidewalk on 42nd Avenue
Mission Road is a great achievement, and marks an important milestone for the Unified Government’s Complete Streets policy. Now we need to keep the momentum going and support the next step by building a connecting sidewalk on 42nd Avenue. Learn more and help support the cause at I Need a Sidewalk.