Learn about “road diet,” other improvements to Cleaver Boulevard

The Parks Department and architects are proposing changes to the streetscape along Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. They’ll share their ideas at a meeting next Wednesday, January 16.

Changes are ahead for Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard from Rockhill Road to The Paseo.

The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department and the architectural firm of Bowman Bowman and Novick (BBN) are spearheading the improvements.  According to BBN’s project manager Scott Bingham, the proposed project includes new curbs, sidewalks, lighting, street surfacing, and landscaping.

He also says the boulevard will undergo a “road diet” by eliminating all on-street parking and by reducing the six lanes of traffic between Troost and the Paseo down to four.

The design includes green strategies such as storm water treatment planters, designated bike lanes, solar power bus shelters and replacing pavement with landscaping.

This project is slated to begin this spring and conclude by late fall.

The public is invited to view the plans at a meeting on Wednesday, January 16th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Atkins Gallery of Art in the Lens 2 Room.

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