VSM is a certified DBE by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). VSM is prequalified by MoDOT as a Local Public Agency (LPA) provider for Trails & Sidewalks as well as Construction Inspection services.
VSM is nearly complete designing and developing construction plans and specifications for the 53rd Street improvement project. This project will make vertical grade improvements and add curbs, sidewalks, streetlights, and underground storm sewer along 2,400 LF of street. Storm sewers include inlets and pipe up to 36-in in diameter. Design includes 5-ft sidewalks on both sides of the street and improvement of 14 residential driveways. There will be a small, 70-LF retaining wall at the sidewalk backslope near a newly installed cross culvert.
VSM Engineering acted as project manager for signal improvements at the intersection of K-7 Highway and 43rd Street. A left turn signal was added to the existing left turn lanes and new signal timing was completed. Improvements included replacing the existing mast arm for a longer arm of 60 feet. VSM hired a structural engineer to design a new, non-standard pole base for the long mast arm.
The project also included the installation of a permanent concrete median at the intersection of 75th and K-7 Highway and the addition of northbound and southbound left turn arrows at 43rd and K-7. The new construction replaced temporary plastic delineators that were previously used to deter 75th traffic from crossing K-7 Highway.
Over two phases, VSM worked to replace 1,200 LF of urban sidewalk along an old Missouri DOT highway, install a retaining wall, and replace 840 LF of storm sewer ranging from 15 to 30-in RCP. Commercial driveways were re-worked to accommodate ADA requirements and a floodplain permit was obtained for this FEMA regulated floodway. VSM succeeded in minimizing project cost by keeping the existing Missouri DOT 15×10 cross culvert in place and using the existing 30-in culvert entrance.
The second phase included intersection improvements to enhance a T-intersection and increase pedestrian access to a park and commercial development.