A portion of North Garfield Avenue with improvements like new concrete sidewalks, residential driveway replacements, and concrete curbs and gutters.

North Garfield Avenue

Enhanced roadway planning to reduce costs and disruptions.

Project Facts

Location Kansas City, Missouri
Owner City of Kansas City, Missouri
Size 1,900 LF
Cost $700,000
Status Completed 2013


To improve parts of North Garfield Avenue in Kansas City, Walter P Moore teamed with MEGA Industries on this award-winning design-build project that focused on minimal disturbances to existing site features as well as best practices to preserve Missouri’s parkland and waters. 

About this project

The roadway reconstruction of North Garfield Avenue included pavement removal, a new asphalt roadway with concrete curbs and gutters, intersection improvements, drainage improvements, residential driveway replacements, and new concrete sidewalks.

The existing asphalt street varied in width and had roadside ditches to convey stormwater runoff. The existing narrow street section, power poles, underground utilities, and residential driveway slopes made a new design more challenging. 

To work around the existing challenges, a horizontal alignment was designed to change with the right-of-way to accommodate existing site features, without being noticeable to the drivers. The roadway cross-section was also designed to match the existing grades and features along the corridor and to minimize utility relocations, reduce disruptions to the property owners, and lower overall construction costs.

Finally, a vegetated filter strip was added to improve the quality of stormwater runoff before it entered the city’s park property. In addition to this Best Management Practice, native grass seeding was also incorporated into the project.


2013 ACEC Missouri Engineering Excellence Honor Award

2012 APWA Kansas City Public Works Project of the Year