The Briar Creek Road Connector project developed out of the City’s
Independence Area Sidewalk and Bikeway Improvements (ISB) program to provide pedestrian and bicycle improvements that will enhance neighborhood mobility and accessibility to transit and provide community and economic resources throughout the Independence Boulevard Corridor.
The ISB program evaluated the existing pedestrian and bicycle conditions within the study area to improve connectivity and transportation choices and support revitalization and well-being. Out of the study, 27 projects were evaluated against the goals of the program and public support via a comprehensive evaluation process. Four recommended projects were identified for future design along the North and South Independence Boulevard corridor, and the Eastway/Wendover Road connector was one of the four projects.
This project provides a pedestrian and bicycle path across Independence Boulevard (US-74) by modifying the current crossing, which is currently eight lanes with narrow sidewalks. This project will reduce the number of existing through-lanes on Eastway Drive and Wendover Road from Woodland Drive and will construct either a multiuse path or wider sidewalks and bicycle lanes. This crossing will provide users with a safer pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly crossing over US-74 that allows for a connection between the East Park and Winterfield neighborhoods and the Echo Hills neighborhood.