Little Blue Parkway - Phases 4-10

Little Blue Parkway - Phases 4-10

Location: Independence, Mo.

Client: City of Independence

Completion Date: 2006-Ongoing

The Little Blue Parkway is a four-lane roadway stretching from 39th street to U.S. Highway 24 in Independence, Mo. It has a 220-foot right-of-way and is 8.2 miles long. Burns & McDonnell provided design and obtained the necessary environmental permits and clearances for the City of Independence for this important roadway providing access from the east to significant retail developments. Read more about the project >

The Federal Emergency Management Agency portion of this project is in the Little Blue River Floodplain. There are two regulated tributary stream crossings, on Crackerneck Creek and North Fork Crackerneck Creek. Design plans include a new bridge over an active railroad line. The bridge supports a new water main to minimize impacts to the railroad. The existing at-grade intersection was eliminated. The existing intersection at 39th Street was maintained as a signalized intersection, with a new signalized intersection at R.D. Mize Road.

Burns & McDonnell provided public meetings support to address concerns and public comments. This included preparing materials and attending public officials' briefings and developing an interactive webpage that provided an additional marketing tool to develop support and understanding of the project.

Environmental services included: wetland delineation, permitting and mitigation services; a Phase II cultural resource survey; a threatened and endangered species survey; and preparation of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit application. These permits and clearances were acquired:

  • Section 404 Nationwide Permit 14 (NWP 14) for Phase 4 - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Section 404 Individual Permit for Phases 5-10 - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Section 401 Water Quality Certification - Missouri Department of Natural Resources Water Protection Program
  • Cultural resources clearance - Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Historic Preservation Office
  • Threatened and endangered species clearance - Missouri Department of Conservation and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • NPDES general permit for stormwater runoff from construction activities (prepared SWPPP for each phase and received permit) - Missouri Department of Natural Resources Water Protection Program, Water Pollution Branch

For the wetland delineation and species surveys, Burns & McDonnell reviewed existing background data for the area before conducting the on-site survey for wetlands and threatened and endangered species. The wetland delineation was conducted according to the guidelines of the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual and other Corps guidance including jurisdictionality of watercourses.

Burns & McDonnell conducted a cultural resources survey of the project site. The study included research of existing data, a site survey, and consultation with the state historical preservation officer. Burns & McDonnel also prepared a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for each phase it was ready for construction.

A Section 404 Nationwide Permit was issued by the Corps for Phase 4 (NWP 14) and an Individual Permit was issued for Phases 5 through 10 of the project. Phase 4 mitigation was accomplished through the purchase of credits from a mitigation bank. A mitigation plan was prepared to provide compensation for wetland and stream impacts from Phases 5-10 that includes construction of both on-site and off-site permittee-responsible mitigation mitigation sites. Burns & McDonnell was the owner's engineer, coordinating with the contractor building the mitigation sites and documenting the development of the mitigation sites per Corps permit requirements.

Environmental Services

  • Wetland delineation
  • Wetland permitting
  • Wetland mitigation
  • Mitigation site construction oversight
  • Threatened and endangered species
  • Cultral resources
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

Design Services

  • Conceptual plans
  • Roadway design
  • Bridge design
  • FEMA design
  • Drainage
  • Roundabout design
  • Retaining walls
  • Public involvement