Independence has received bids for a project to enhance 20 bus stop locations around the city, including shelters at three locations and benches at all of them.
The city has received a $150,000 federal grant through the Kansas City Area Transit Authority and will provide $37,500 from Public Works already earmarked for such a project.
The City Council approved the agreement for this project in August. After reviewing bids, city staff is to make a recommendation to KCATA, and then after getting approval will bring the construction contract before the council. Tim Grambling, public works director, said it's unknown how long that whole process will take.
The three locations for shelters:
• The northwest corner of Pleasant Street and Walnut Avenue, next to Pleasant Heights apartments.
• The southeast corner of Cedar Avenue and Kentucky Road, across from Fairmount Elementary).
• The southwest corner of Spring Street and U.S. 24, next to the fire station and across from the Mid-Continent Public Library North Independence Branch.
All improved stops will include a 6-foot bus pad, sidewalks, ADA ramps, benches, trash receptacles and signs.
Besides those scheduled to received a shelter, other bus stops scheduled for improvements:
• Noland Road and 35th Street.
• Noland Road and Partridge Avenue.
• Both sides of 23rd Street at Dodgion (just east of Noland).
• Bolger Road and Viking Drive (next to Wal-Mart).
• 23rd Street and Scott Avenue.
• 23rd Street and Vermont Avenue.
• Northeast corner of Walnut and Pleasant streets.
• Truman Road and Ash Avenue.
• Southeast corner of Spring Street and U.S. 24.
• Northeast corner of Lee's Summit Road and 23rd Street.
• Both sides of U.S. 24 at Boulevard.
• U.S. 24 and Lee's Summit Road.
• South side of U.S. 40 at Crysler Avenue.
• U.S. 40 at Cool Crest.
• North side of U.S. 40 at Blue Ridge Boulevard.