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North Kansas City council considering short-term adjustments to Armour Road Complete Street project

Posted: 11:38 AM, Nov 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-22 12:38:23-05
Armour Road NKC bike lanes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city council for North Kansas City, Missouri, has considered short-term adjustments for the Armour Road Complete Street project.

The city installed new bike lanes and crews cut down the number of travel lanes on Armour Road between Ozark and Fayette Streets in an effort to make the thoroughfare a better road for walkers, bikers and drivers alike.

Since then, community members have voiced concern over the changes.

Among the chief complaints are new challenges for drivers navigating the redesigned road, and parking in front of the Mop Bucket and post office.

The council addressed the parking issue at Tuesday’s open work session.

After a particularly contentious Oct. 15 public meeting, the council asked staff to identify short-term solutions for the parking issues at the two locations.

Tuesday, the staff presented its suggestions.

First, at the Mop Bucket, two on-street parking spots could be converted to a loading zone in front of Richards Park so the store can receive deliveries.

The council indicated it would approve that measure.

Secondly, staff presented two ideas to solve parking issues in front of the post office at 820 Armour Rd.

The first solution would narrow the bike lane to create more space between the driver’s side door and westbound traffic.

The second solution offered would convert the current parallel parking to 45-degree angle parking, which is already in place in downtown NKC.

The council decided to move forward with the 45-degree conversion, according to city documents.

Longer term, North Kansas City plans to conduct a traffic study and revisit the topic in early June.