Two SKW surveyors in the field in Shawnee

SKW Survey Crew Leader Travis Allen (left) and Survey Crew Member Jeremy Miller (right) work on the initial survey and staking for the future road alignment that will extend Clear Creek Parkway from K-7 to Clare Road.

The City of Shawnee, Kansas, is investing in an improvement district for Western Shawnee, and they selected Shafer, Kline & Warren (SKW) to lead the effort that will make this future development more accessible to area residents.

The new residential development will be located between Clare and Gleason roads; however, Clear Creek Parkway currently dead ends after crossing K-7. As the Clear Creek Parkway project lead, SKW is providing site survey, as well as roadway, lighting, recreational trail and storm sewer design, and the construction observation to ensure the Clear Creek Parkway extension to Clare Road is done according to plan.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us, and we’re excited to build on our rich history with the City of Shawnee,” said Howard Lubliner, SKW managing director of infrastructure services. “Being able to use our full scope of services offers great quality and value to the City and its residents. Since part of this road alignment goes through a new development, it is important that the survey, engineering and construction reflect an understanding of how developers work and enable this area to thrive.”

In addition to passing through the new development, the Clear Creek Parkway will split Shawnee Golf and Country Club and include golf cart underpasses. SKW partnered with Landworks Studios to develop the proposed design and landscape architecture that incorporates the stonework and sculptures from the K-7 Bridge into the connection of Clear Creek Parkway and Gleason Road.

“At SKW, we focus on helping communities make life better, easier and safer for residents,” said Lubliner, who also served as KDOT’s manager for the Clear Creek Parkway Bridge project over the K-7 interchange. “So, the City of Shawnee and the Clear Creek project are a perfect fit for our team. There just aren’t too many new road alignments left in the Kansas City Metroplex, so we’re understandably grateful and eager to work on this project.”

Additionally, Brian Johanning, SKW vice president for infrastructure and development, will leverage his 10 years of experience in residential and commercial development as the project’s development liaison to assure the project meets the public and private needs.

“This alignment will be an important and beautiful asset for the community as it grows and develops,” Johanning said. “Each of us on the team at SKW will use our experience and expertise to ensure it fulfills the needs for the developers, the golf course and the entire community.”

The $5.2 million project is underway and is slated to be completed in late 2017. In addition to partnering with Landworks Studios for the landscape architecture, SKW is partnering with Terracon for the geotechnical engineering.