By Nancy D. Borst
GODDARD – Drivers in the Goddard area, including those who use US-54 Highway, will see changes related to the STAR bond project in spring and summer of 2022.
The Goddard City Council got an update on several improvements at Monday’s meeting. The access from US-54 to the Genesis complex will be through a newly-constructed RCUT, which stands for restricted crossing U-turn. The RCUT will traverse US-54 at Crown Drive, the main road into the Genesis complex.
Chad Banka with TransSystems Corp. told the council that field checks on the design are complete. And those checks yielded some unplanned improvements.
“When KDOT reviewed it, they decided it was a good time to make improvements to eastbound Kellogg,” he said. That improvement will be a full-depth replacement of highway pavement from the RCUT entrance east to 183rd Street West.
Banka said this makes for a superior project to original plans. Drivers on the highway will have to deal with one lane of traffic each way during the rebuild of the highway. But that will allow the impacted highway to be torn out at one time and should save money and time overall.
The RCUT is one of the first two to be built in Kansas (the other will be in the metro Kansas City area). Banka said KDOT also is excited about a planned pedestrian path from 183rd Street to the RCUT. KDOT has increased the overall budget to facilitate the additional improvements.
A roundabout and connector road will be built just east of Crown Drive in the STAR bond development. The RCUT will require an elevated median at the frontage road south of the highway, which means frontage road drivers will need the roundabout to proceed through the area.
There will be a learning curve with the RCUT but TransSystems indicated there will be plenty of educational materials available for use through city communication outlets.
Long-planned improvements to the intersection of 183rd Street and US-54 also are planned for construction in 2022. Those improvements will create dedicated lanes for through traffic, right and left turns for southbound drivers, as well as a dedicated right turn lane for northbound drivers at the intersection.
In other business, the council:
• Received and filed the 2020 audit report, which did not find any issues with the city’s finances for the year.
• Approved a fireworks show at the conclusion of the National Night Out Event on Friday, Aug. 13. The fireworks will be launched from the open field near the Genesis property and will be provided by Victory Pyrotechnics. The Chamber of Commerce is managing the event.
• Approved the sale of a police vehicle at auction and the decommission of another police vehicle for use by another city department.
• Approved an ordinance adding a “Rural Urban Intent” zoning designation. This will be used for certain rural properties to be annexed “as is” with a future intent to access city services.
• Heard a report from Christian Zimmerman, who thanked the city and staff for help with his Eagle Scout project painting the Community Center. The project is complete. (See photos on Page A1).