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.
November 12, 2019
Construction crews for Gerstner Electric began work in early 2019. This project is scheduled to be completed in late 2019.
Kirkwood Road will remain open to traffic during this project, but temporary lane and sidewalk 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.
The following intersections are completed with new traffic signals and curb ramps:
Big Bend Road, Manchester Road, Essex Avenue, Pedestrian Crossing near Hollywood Avenue, Rose Hill Avenue, Adams Avenue, Washington Avenue, Woodbine Avenue, Monroe Avenue, and Jefferson Avenue.
New traffic signals have been installed at the following locations; new curb ramps have yet to constructed:
Madison Avenue and Argonne Avenue
After all traffic signals and curb ramps are completed in November, an asphalt mill and overlay will take place at each intersection from Rosehill Avenue to Essex Avenue in addition to enhanced crosswalks and pavement markings. The asphalt work is scheduled as night work.
For questions and concerns please contact Chris Krueger, City Engineer, at 314.822.5820.