Kirkwood Road is about to become more efficient and pedestrian friendly. For nearly three years the City and its design consultant, CMT (Crawford, Murphy & Tilly), have been developing plans to replace traffic signals at 11 intersections and one mid-block crossing on Kirkwood Road from Big Bend Boulevard to Manchester Road. The new signals will feature a fiber optic cable interconnect allowing for a coordinated timing plan to improve traffic flow and reduce emissions, while allowing vehicle speeds appropriate for the Kirkwood Road corridor. The intersections will become more pedestrian friendly with ADA-compliant curb ramps and pedestrian push buttons. The new signals will feature decorative mast arms with edge-lit street signs and luminaires to replicate the design of the street lights already present in the Downtown area. The mid-block crossing near Hollywood Lane will be upgraded to a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB).
The project also includes the addition and reconstruction of sidewalks along the east side of Kirkwood Road from Chester Ave to Nipher Middle School. This will provide a safe and ADA-compliant route to Nipher Middle School and Downtown Kirkwood for pedestrians south of the BNSF Railroad. The infill of this gap is a top priority identified in the Kirkwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. The project is partially funded through the CMAQ and TAP federal aid programs.
Construction crews for Gerstner Electric will begin placing conduit for the fiber optic cable in early 2019. This phase will take several months to complete and will involve intermittent lane and sidewalk closures along Kirkwood Road.
Major intersection work won’t take place until late Spring. Kirkwood Road will remain open to traffic during this time, but temporary lane closures will be necessary. We encourage motorists to check for Work Zone updates regularly and plan ahead for the expected delays. Electronic message boards along the route will provide drivers with advance notice of lane closures and other project information.
For questions and concerns please contact Ted Dunkmann, City Engineer, at 314.822.5820.
Construction Work Zone Update
Curb ramp, island and sidewalk construction will begin the week of July 9th beginning with the mid-block crossing then proceeding in the same order of the signal installation. The sidewalk construction between Nipher Middle School and Chester Ave will also be taking place intermittently during the the same period as the work at the intersections.