2nd Street Project Reaches Substantial Completion

 In ADA, Featured News, Pedestrian & Bicycle, Transportation

The 2nd Street Corridor Project, intended to improve the connection between downtown Atchison and Benedictine College, began preliminary construction work on Monday, March 25th and has now reached substantial completion.

Final site restoration, including seeding, will take place once weather conditions permit.

The project delivered extensive curb/gutter and sidewalk replacement along 2nd Street from Commercial to Division, locally made Stresscrete street light poles, and ADA compliant brick pavers within the Amelia Earhart Historic District (Kansas Ave. to Atchison St.).

The $920,000 project was primarily funded by a $525,000 Transportation Alternatives Grant.

Julius Kaaz Construction out of Leavenworth served as the general contractor beating two other bidders to win the contract for the project.


Beginning with the Downtown West ADA Project (2016), the City of Atchison has undertaken a multi-year strategy to upgrade pedestrian facilities, focusing on downtown and the immediately adjacent residential neighborhoods. The AMS West Sidewalks Project (2018), the Safe Routes to Schools: South 5th Sidewalks Project (2019) and the 2nd Street Corridor Project (2019) are all examples of major investments in pedestrian infrastructure. The City and USD 409 intend to continue leveraging grant funds to improve sidewalk conditions and connectivity, especially in the neighborhoods surrounding Atchison Middle School.

The map below showcases recent and upcoming major capital projects investing in pedestrian facilities in downtown and the adjacent neighborhoods.

  • Downtown West ADA Project ($169,000 CDBG Grant) – Yellow
  • 2017-2018 Street Improvement Project – Blue
  • AMS West Sidewalks Project ($250,000 CDBG Grant) – Orange
  • Safe Routes to Schools: South 5th Sidewalks Project ($400,000 Transp. Alt. Grant) – Purple
  • 2nd Street Corridor Project ($525,000 Transp. Alt. Grant) – Grey

Summary: This project will begin at the intersection of 2nd Street and Commercial Street in downtown Atchison and end at the intersection of 2nd Street and Division, on the doorstep of Benedictine College. The project will repair or reconstruct sidewalks, curb/wheelchair ramps, and intersection crossings, in addition to the installation of new pedestrian oriented decorative lighting. The City is also committed to designing the project in a way that features and accentuates the historic brick sidewalks of the Amelia Earhart Historic District.

Cost: About $920,000

Funding: This project is primarily funded by a $525,000 federal Transportation Alternatives grant. That grant application was authorized by the City Commission on June 19, 2017. Any expenses over and above $525,000 are the responsibility of the City of Atchison.

Location: 2nd Street (Commercial to Division)

Contractor: Julius Kaaz Construction

Status: Construction

Construction Start Date: March 2019

Completion Date: August 2019

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