Cedar Street Improvements


City of Olathe


Construction Cost $3.2 million
Completed: June 2017
Project Size: 4,500 LF

Cedar Street Improvements


Walter P Moore’s design of 4,500 LF of street reconstruction in Olathe’s Original Town area incorporated significant public input and major improvements and safety to the neighborhood.

This section of residential streets was reconstructed to a minimum 28’ wide section with continuous curb and gutter, post-top streetlights, new driveways, sidewalks with ADA compliant ramps, ten redesigned intersections, new LED lighting and city utility upgrades. The drainage system was flood-prone roadside ditches, so all were replaced with an enclosed stormwater sewer system. Special coordination was done with Google Fiber, which was planning installation in the area. We also coordinated with the city for temporary traffic control and signage during construction by phasing for utilities, trash, and other services.

We implemented a comprehensive public relations campaign to keep residents and property owners informed and gather their feedback. Our program utilized door hangers and mailed questionnaires to itemize relevant information on each property, such as irrigation systems, underground drainage, sumps, and access requirements for wheelchairs, Meals on Wheels, etc. During three public meetings, we presented preliminary plans, maps, and 3D modeling and animation was used to provide a realistic visual image of the proposed project. The public was encouraged to ask questions of the design team and city staff. Individual meetings were then held on-site with property owners particularly those who had concerns including historic elements to be protected.

The under-budget project has resulted in a significantly safer thoroughfare with improved general pedestrian access as well as access to a school, upgraded drainage, and enhanced neighborhood aesthetics while preserving as many trees as possible.