Three corridor level alternatives were developed to support the Veterans Boulevard Extension. Each alternative involves a slightly modified roadway section and intersection control features. Development of each alternative is supported through both public input gathered earlier in the planning process and through transportation planning projections for the study area.
This alternative involves the following elements:
This alternative involves the following key elements:
This alternative introduces two new roadway section concepts to provide a variation of the earlier alternatives:
All options developed for this alternative assume roundabout intersections for 64th, 76th and 88th Avenue.
The current roundabouts located on 44th, 48th and 51st Avenues were evaluated based on both existing and projected travel conditions. Concerns were identified with the current design of those intersections.
The project team developed two options to revise the current roundabouts to improve traffic flow through those intersections. Drivers would see little change to the intersections, however subtle changes would improve both traffic flow and seasonal maintenance of those intersections. One option would reconstruct the approach of each leg to each intersection to improve traffic flow through the intersection. This option would keep the existing 150-foot diameter circulatory roadway. The 2nd option would reconstruct the entire intersection. This option would increase the circulatory roadway diameter to 180-feet and reconstruct all approach legs. The project team feels the first option will address both existing and projected conditions in the study area with the least amount of neighborhood disturbance and lowest cost.
Two potential new connections serving the Deer Creek neighborhood were developed as part of the Veterans Boulevard Corridor Extension Study. The first option involves extension of 59th Avenue across Drain 27 connecting to Veterans Boulevard. The second option involves construction of 62nd Street to connect 63rd Avenue to 64th Avenue. (62nd Street is currently platted road right-of-way.) These connections were mentioned through previous public input and support improved emergency response to the neighborhood. These connections reflect continued demand for travel to areas south and west of Deer Creek, including a new middle and high school in Horace.