Tomahawk Road Project 2021-2022

Project Overview
Tomahawk Road was identified several years ago in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan for replacement in 2022. The City Council created the ad hoc Tomahawk Safety Beauty and Connectivity (SBC) Committee to generate recommendations focused on those three areas for the Council’s consideration. The ad hoc SBC committee was comprised of 10 Mission Hills residents that met 15 times over a 16-month period.  Additionally, the City Council hosted two resident feedback forums before formally considering the SBC’s recommendations.  The robustness of resident input is reflected in all aspects of this project. After much public comment,  the Council approved the following changes to the corridor (in addition to the City’s standard scope of curb, roadway and stormwater improvements): 

  1. Reduced speed limit to 25mph (this has already been put in place and now every street inside the City is 25mph).
  2. Reconfigured intersection at Tomahawk and Mission Drive by the City playground to make a much safer crossing for children and parents.
  3. New, signaled and striped crosswalks in several places along Tomahawk.
  4. Widened “lanes” on both shoulders to create additional space for walkers and bikers (even after widening of the pedestrian lanes, Tomahawk's driving lanes will still be wider than Mission Road by the Indian Hills middle school).

How can I stay informed?
Project Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 5-7 pm at City Hall: Bring your questions and visit with City staff and representatives from Water One and Kansas Gas. We will also be assisting residents with signing up for NotifyJoCo and the City’s Tomahawk Road Project updates.

Timeline
October 2021  – May 2022: Utilities (WaterOne, KS Gas, Google Fiber) replace/upgrade their infrastructure.
January 2022 – City project goes out for bid
February 2022 – City Council award project to City Contractor
March/April 2022 – City project begins
November 2022 – City project completed

Utility Work
As with all capital projects, the City coordinates with the utility companies to be sure there are no conflicts with their existing facilities. The utilities often use City capital projects as opportunities to upgrade their infrastructure.  Thus far, we know that Water One and Kansas Gas will be replacing a large portion of their systems along our Tomahawk corridor.  Their systems date from the 1940s and 1950s and are in need of replacement.  Their upgrade projects are slated to begin in October and continue through early 2022.   Google Fiber will also be relocating their facilities from the seam between the asphalt in concrete to the right of way behind the curb.

  • Google Fiber – Details not yet available.  Their work will commence once WaterOne and Kansas Gas have completed their work.
  • Other Utilities – No other utilities have indicated they will be working on their facilities prior to or during the City’s project.  There could, however, be limited instances where they are on-site.