Twin Creeks

Observations from the Northland of Kansas City, Missouri

108th Street

Terrace Park Cemetery
Terrace Park Cemetery

A new roundabout was completed earlier this year at 108th and Platte Purchase. The intersection has been closed for around nine months. This forced detours, primarily onto 100th, a much narrower road to south, or out of the area.

The road becomes Shoal Creek Parkway on the other side of highway 169 and is a divided road still past the cemetery nearly halfway to the roundabout, so it is somewhat surprising that the road was repaved but remaining a two lane road. It is set to become a parkway at some point in the future.

New roundabout at 108th and Platte Purchase
New roundabout at 108th and Platte Purchase

A few different developments on the north side of 108th across from the cemetery using the name Bristol.

Estates of Bristol Park, Villas at Bristol, and Bristol Park North neighborhoods
Estates of Bristol Park, Villas at Bristol, and Bristol Park North neighborhoods

96th Street

Map of 96th Street parkway. Data credit OSM contributors.
Map of 96th Street parkway. Data credit OSM contributors.
96th Street between Platte Purchase and 169
96th Street between Platte Purchase and 169

96th Street is a parkway from Platte Purchase Drive, across 169, to just past North Oak. It is planned to some day connect to a network of other parkways but for now it is an isolated stretch lying just across either side of the freeway. The route cuts across farmland, that is bisected the other direction by the former right-of-way of the Quincy, Omaha, and Kansas City Railroad.

Looking NE toward Nashua along former right-of-way
Looking NE toward Nashua along former right-of-way

New Phase at Fountain Hills

The Fountain Hills neighborhood is pulling down trees to make room for new housing on an expanded 94th St. The gravel road and playground at 94th and Fountain Hills are to be closed as tree felling and grading work has begun. The new phase is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017.

Trees felled ahead of construction
Trees felled ahead of construction
Grading in progress
Grading in progress

Menards Construction

Construction has begun on the new Menards home improvement store on Green Hills at 152. The main building is working on the first story while roadways have been graded over the rest of the parcel.

Map of Menard's parcel
Map of Menard's parcel
Construction as seen from the west
Construction as seen from the west

Northland Costco

The site of the new Costco store at Platte Purchase and NW 88th that was announced in March was quickly cleared of trees but has since seen no activity. Grasses are greening up on the site, understandable so after the heavy rains this spring.

Costco site from the south
Costco site from the south
Costco site from the east
Costco site from the east

At the other end of the one block long NW 88th Street work is being done to extend the street east to nearly 152.

NW 88th Street at N Madison Ave
NW 88th Street at N Madison Ave

About Twin Creeks

Twin Creeks is an area of Kansas City, Missouri, 10 miles north of downtown and just east of Kansas City International Airport. Annexed by the city in 1962, small communities like Nashua dotted the landscape and little development aside from the airport took place. Kansas City has seen renewed grown in the 21st century with much of the increased population in areas north of the river, termed the Northland.

Map of Twin Creeks area. Data by OSM Contributors.
Map of Twin Creeks area. Data by OSM Contributors.

Bound by highways 29, 152, 169, and 435, the Twin Creeks area is primarily rural with development on the fringes. A small industrial area lies across the interstate from the airport, a small big box commercial area bounds the freeways in the southwest, and various residential developments, mostly single family homes pop up near the fringes.

Infrastructure has been a patchwork, with small sections of parkway and roundabouts between sections of rural farm road. A major sanity sewer project was completed recently, paralleling First and Second Creek. This explains visible areas where trees and other vegetation have been cleared out in mostly flat, linear areas. The project is said to be able to greatly ease constraints on building in the area, though there is potentially a lot of roadwork to be funded.

Map of First Creek and Second Creek watersheds
Map of First Creek and Second Creek watersheds