Clear Creek Parkway Construction (Clare Rd. to Hedge Lane Ter.) , City of Shawnee, KS
Owner: City of Shawnee
Contractor: Realm Construction, Inc.
Agency: Shafer, Kline & Warren
This roadway was constructed as part of strategy to link existing and planned developments in Shawnee. The 5,100 ft Clear Creed Parkway project followed the construction of a bridge over the nearby K-7 highway. The parkway provides motor vehicle connectivity within the corridor, including connecting to Clare Road on the west and Hedge Lane Terrace on the east.
The Parkway also is designed to enhance the city’s recreational trails, a system that is intended to have multiple connections to new and future facilities.
The project scope included land acquisition, permitting, and intersection and road layout for construction of three major intersections at a roundabout. It also included grading, storm sewer facilities, decorative lighting, utility coordination, pavement design and construction, and other work.
A golf cart path and tunnel built under the roundabout includes a decorative wall that shares its design with the landscaping of the roundabout center island. The base of the roundabout features decorative rock and street light towers that use the same LED lighting as the K-7 bridge. The lights can change colors to highlight events (such as breast cancer awareness month) or other purposes determined by the city.
Realm Construction faced many challenges, including water and electrical transmission line, but quick thinking and clear communications with the utilities avoided any damage claims. The contractor also discovered a potential issue on the golf cart path through the tunnel, but the problem was solved by placing a 4 in. subfloor to ensure proper elevation, and then texturizing the path for better traction.
The project also required wetland and streambank mitigation, and a required archeological survey to accommodate and best preserve historical Native American settlements in the area. The project also required trees in a 2.5 acres area to be cleared, mulched, and used on site as temporary erosion control prior to sod placement.
Construction required 22,880 SY of concrete pavement over the equivalent of 2.9 lane miles. Construction slowed down during heavy rainstorms, which required removal and replacement of a 300-foot-long section of concrete, but this did not prevent the project from being completed on time.