Chouteau Parkway

Project Summary

The 2-mile section of Chouteau Parkway between Missouri Route 210 and I-35 is a vital link in the roadway network serving the northland of Kansas City, Missouri. Our team prepared conceptual and final construction plans for improving and converting the two-lane collector to a divided parkway. Planning and conceptual design features included evaluation of alternative alignment and widening scenarios for the new parkway. The study balanced the impacts to adjacent businesses with the overall objective of achieving a parkway setting. The process entailed a series of stakeholder and public meetings to secure consensus before selection of the preferred design scheme.

Chouteau Parkway had undergone environmental documentation prior to the onset of the design process. We completed environmental studies that could not be conducted until the final roadway alignment was identified. Chouteau Parkway crossed nine abandoned service stations. The design plans included hazard mitigation and ongoing monitoring. The design also minimized and planned stream channel improvements in a manner that made receiving a nationwide permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers feasible, avoiding delay and potential costly mitigation measures.

Other technical considerations addressed in the study included:

  • Roundabout versus conventional intersection comparative traffic analysis at a major cross street intersection
  • Utility relocations and corridor designations
  • Major box culvert analysis and design to convey 100-year storm event along Buckeye Creek across the roadway
  • Deployment of water quality sustainable design features for stormwater treatment, including bioretention of first-flush runoff


  • Roadway design
  • Drainage
  • Roadway lighting
  • Signing/marking
  • Traffic analysis
  • Utility coordination
  • Green stormwater solutions
  • Public involvement


Awards received:

  • 2015 – APWA KC Metro Chapter – Project of the Year – Transportation ($5M-$25M)
  • 2015 – Kansas City Business Journal – Capstone Award for Infrastructure

Kansas City Department of Parks and Recreation


Kansas City, Missouri

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