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.
See below for construction updates.
December 4, 2019
Construction crews for Gerstner Electric began work in early 2019. About 95% of this project was completed in 2019. As of December 1, new traffic signals, street lights at intersections, ADA-compliant curb ramps, fiber optic cable to synchronize the new traffic signals, and railroad bypass signs have all been installed.
However, milling and overlaying of new asphalt and enhanced crosswalks at each intersection from Rose Hill Avenue to Essex Avenue will be completed in Spring 2020. Temporary crosswalks and stop bars (the white bars that tell drivers where to stop at an intersection) were striped in early December.
Spring asphalt work will be scheduled as night work, to keep traffic flow obstruction to a minimum on Kirkwood Road.
For questions and concerns please contact Chris Krueger, City Engineer, at 314.822.5820.