City Council approves Capital Improvement Program

City Council approves Capital Improvement Program
Posted on 09/15/2021

The City of Lenexa’s 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) outlines a variety of new assets and redevelopment to enhance our networks of streets, pools, parks, pedestrian accommodations, drainage infrastructure, public safety facilities and more vital public amenities.

The Lenexa City Council held a public hearing for and voted to approve the 2022-2026 CIP during its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. The Governing Body reviewed the CIP at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Sept. 14.

The CIP include projects with a cost of at least $300,000 and a useful life of at least five years. This recommended CIP includes 39 funded capital projects for a total of $225 million.

While Lenexa typically updates the CIP each year, the City Council did not consider approving the CIP in 2020 to evaluate how economic uncertainties during the COVID-19 pandemic would impact the City’s revenue. The 2022-2026 includes several new projects, including pool reconstruction/renovation.

The CIP represents the best five-year plan that can be made today based on the information available. Project timelines, start dates, budgets and details are expected to shift as conditions change.

Updated September 24, 2021

2022-2026 CIP Projects

Each of the projects listed below includes a tentative project cost and date. Projects new to the CIP are italicized.

Reinvesting in the street network

Lenexa takes a proactive approach to pavement maintenance to prolong the useful life of roads. Over the next five years, $37 million has been allocated for curb and gutter replacement; mill and overlay; and asphalt surface replacement through the City’s annual Pavement Management Program. New project areas are identified at the start of each program year. (2022-2026)

The 87th Street Parkway/I-435 interchange improvement project includes multiple updates between Renner Boulevard and Maurer Road in its $8.4 million budget, including: additional turn lanes and through lanes on 87th Street Parkway and to the northbound and southbound I-435 ramps, 10-foot-wide trails along eastbound and westbound 87th Street Parkway, a new storm sewer system and a new traffic signal at the 87th Street Parkway northbound I-435 exit ramp. (2021-2022)

Prairie Star Parkway and Kansas Highway 7 improvements will include new traffic signals on Prairie Star Parkway at the ramp terminals, northbound and southbound exit ramp widening and realignment, a new median at Hedge Lane and replacement of the bridge approaches. These improvements, expected to cost about $2 million, are underway. (2021-2022)

Some streets are past their useful life; surface treatments are no longer a viable option for these roads. Lenexa has added a Pavement Reconstruction Program to the 2022-2026 CIP that includes $5 million for full or partial reconstruction of failed streets, plus new sidewalks, curbs, streetlights and storm drainage improvements as needed. The City will hire a consultant to provide estimates, construction phasing, schedules, and utility impacts for several possible projects to determine which specific street project(s) will be funded. (2022-2026) 

The Annual Streetlight Replacement Program will set aside $2.3 million to replace older lights with new, energy-efficient LED lights. The City’s existing LED streetlights save about $300,000 a year in electricity costs. (2022-2026).

$1.8 million has been allocated for Annual Bridge Maintenance to keep Lenexa’s 29 bridges in good, safe condition. (2022-2026)

Existing metal gateway signs at 15 locations across the city will be replaced with stone signs in the same style as Lenexa’s park signs through the Gateway Monument Program ($850,000). (2023-2024)

Lenexa is working with the City of Shawnee on 75th Street and Quivira Road intersections improvements, including new traffic signals and additional turn lanes. Lenexa will fund about $438,000 for the area in its city limits at the southeast intersection corner. (2021-2022)

Infrastructure supporting development

Construction of Elmridge Street from Central Green to Renner Boulevard and Scarborough Street north of 87th Street will provide access to the proposed AdventHealth Wellness Campus. The street construction and related improvements will be funded through the City Center North Special Benefit District, with the property owner paying 100% of the $7.8 million project cost. (2022)

Construction of Clare Road south of 98th Street and 99th Street east to future Clare Road will facilitate development of new residential subdivisions. Traffic signals at 99th Street and Canyon Creek Boulevard are included in the $7.8 million project. (2022)

Britton Street will be built north of College Boulevard to serve the Lenexa Logistics Centre North Phase II development, along with a stormwater detention basin, sanitary sewer installation, turn lanes along College Boulevard and a new traffic signal. The $5 million project is funded by a special benefit district, with the property owners paying 100% of the project cost. (2022)

Using proceeds from previous land sales in City Center, the City is providing a $2.3 million economic development grant at City Center East Lot 1 for the construction of a public parking garage. The garage will be part of a mixed-use project, including an outdoor entertainment area, at the southeast corner of 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard (2022-2023).

New development in the area has warranted intersection improvements at 95th Street and Loiret Boulevard. The $1.8 million improvements include a new traffic signal with ADA accommodations and pedestrian signals, a westbound right turn lane on 95th Street, a southbound right turn lane on Loiret Boulevard, extension of the northbound right turn lane on Loiret Boulevard and a trail along Loiret Boulevard to Electric Park. (2022)

87th Street Parkway traffic signal improvements ($1.1 million) will support growth and development in City Center. 2023-2024

Constructing Gleason Road from Prairie Star Parkway to 97th Street will provide a second access point to the new Canyon Creek Elementary School and reduce traffic using local subdivision streets. The $992,000 project will also add sidewalks, a multi-use trail, street lighting and a storm drainage system. (2021-2022)

Safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists

The Little Mill Creek Trail tunnel will provide a safe, accessible connection for trail users crossing 87th Street Parkway. The $2.2 million tunnel will connect trails on the north side of the street with Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park and Indian Trails Aquatic Center on the south side. (2022)

The Sidewalk Repair Program has allocated $1.8 million to repair sidewalks and fill missing gaps in the network. (2022-2026)

Complete Streets improvements identified in the 2019 Complete Streets Study will be implemented on an ongoing basis for a total budget of $910,000 for the next five years. Suggested improvements include signage, pavement markings, sidewalk infill and crosswalks. (2022-2026)

Maintaining and modernizing facilities and equipment

A new Lenexa Justice Center at Britton Street and Prairie Star Parkway will meet the future space needs of the Police Department and Municipal Court. Lenexa’s current building has reached the end of its useful life, and the new $65 million facility will enhance security, training, communications, dispatch and records and evidence storage. (2022-2023)

Community Center and Senior Center Improvements will consolidate the two buildings, make ADA improvements, expand senior program areas and make site improvements. The $7 million in recommendations from the Community Center and Senior Center Study will improve operations, programming and function while making the site a better amenity for the surrounding neighborhood and entire community. (2022-2023)

To maintain a high quality fleet, each fire apparatus is assigned to 8 to 10 years of front-line service and 8 to 10 years of reserve service. There is $6.4 million set aside for Fire Apparatus Annual Replacement. (2022-2024)

The CIP sets aside $4.8 million for annual facilities improvements and maintenance, including interior and exterior maintenance, site parking, roofing, deferred maintenance for equipment replacement, heating, ventilation and air condition. (2022-2026)

An apparatus covered storage ($375,000) will provide a temporary conditioned, covered space for a Fire Department vehicle and Med-Act ambulance that will allow the Fire Department to operate a station 365 days a year out of the old City Hall building.

The Old City Hall renovation study ($100,000) will identify viable renovation options for future use of the building.

A Traffic Maintenance and Sign Shop study ($50,000) will help determine what needs to be done to make this facility a more valuable resource.

Parks, pools and playgrounds

Indian Trails Aquatic Center improvements will address the pool’s aging elements that have reached the end of their useful life and develop a modernized community-wide aquatic center with an appropriate mix of amenities. $15 million has been budgeted to enhance the pool with amenities and programming identified through the Aquatics Study’s public engagement efforts. (2022-2023)

Ad Astra Pool reconstruction ($4 million) will rebuild the pool with the appropriate mix of amenities and programming to complement the nearby Indian Trails Aquatic Center while continuing to serve surrounding neighborhoods and the community. (2024-2025)

The Playground Equipment Replacement Program sets aside $2 million to replace equipment due to its age and safety on a rotating basis. (2022-2026)

Cedar Station Park ($997,000) will improve about two acres of parkland abutting Mize Lake and Trail with a small parking lot, playground, restroom, shelter, interpretive signage and boardwalk access to the lake. (2022)

The Black Hoof Park parking lot expansion ($340,000) will add about 100 parking stalls near the popular Oak Shelter and provide sufficient parking for future added amenities. (2022)

At Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, skate park reconstruction, parking improvements and improved pedestrian accessibility can be accomplished more cost-efficiently (at about $1 million) and with more minimal disruption if completed in tandem with the Indian Trails Aquatic Center renovation. The skate park has deteriorated significantly, and parking is both poorly configured and limited in space. (2022-2024)

A Parks and Recreation Master Plan update ($100,000) will offer direction on program offerings, facility construction and management, general capital improvements, park amenities and budgeting. (2022)

Stormwater and drainage improvements

Lenexa addresses corroding corrugated metal pipe in a systematic way through the Annual Stormwater Infrastructure Replacement Program. This program has allocated $9 million for proactive maintenance and replacement of pipes and catch basins in need of immediate replacement.

Corrugated metal pipe and other stormwater infrastructure replacement and rehabilitation will also be addressed through neighborhood storm drainage improvement projects in the College Boulevard/Pflumm Road ($2.6 million, 2021-2022), Oakhill ($2.7 million, 2022), 95th Street from Widmer to Pennycross ($2 million, 2022) and Oak Park/Century Estates areas ($1.8 million, 2022).