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Kirkwood City Hall

Kirkwood City Hall. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

KIRKWOOD • The City Council is considering piggybacking on a planned Missouri Department of Transportation project to resurface and otherwise improve 4.7 miles of Manchester Road, that could allow the city to simultaneously add trees and enhance a section of the road in Kirkwood.

At a work session Thursday, the council directed city staff to get cost and scope of service proposals from MoDOT’s engineering consultant, as well as from another consultant that could provide information on conceptual plans and on the possible setup of a Community Improvement District to fund any city project. 

Bill Bensing Jr., Kirkwood’s director of public services, told the council that the MoDOT project would run along Manchester Road from South Lindbergh Boulevard to Big Bend Road, with work to include pavement resurfacing, curb, gutter and storm water facility updates, pedestrian/handicapped accessibility improvements and traffic signal replacements and/or upgrades.

The segment of Manchester in Kirkwood where MoDOT improvements would be made extends from South Lindbergh east to the city limits at Kenmore Drive. 

“MoDOT has told us that we would be able to jump on board to do enhancements while they’re doing their work but that we’d have to pay for anything beyond what they’re doing,” Bensing said. The city could seek federal surface transportation program grants to fund some of the work, he said.

In other business, the council gave conceptual approval to moving forward with plans for improvements to tiny Ken Connor Park, at the corner of Kirkwood Road and West Argonne Drive, which will include more plantings, a living wall, and a gas fire pit in a new Mayor Herb Jones Memorial Plaza area that would make the park more of a community gathering place.

Donna Poe, executive director of the Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District, told Council members that a $45,000 grant has been obtained from the Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation. The business district will provide $5,000 for the work.

“We’ve improved the park in the past, with trash cans and furniture, as well as improved signs but the park is looking a little tired,” she said.

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