In 2010, BG Consultants began surveying and developing preliminary concept layouts for Denison Avenue and Kimball Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas. Modifications to these streets are needed to accommodate increased traffic associated with the high-profile National Bio and Agro Defense Facility to be built on Kansas State University’s campus. The proposed improvements include adjustments on Denison Avenue through the entrance to the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex at Kansas State University. The Denison Avenue improvements will also include the main entrance to the NBAF facility on the east side of Denison Avenue, north of the Recreation Complex entrance.
During these preliminary design stages, BG was actively involved in various meetings with project stakeholders, attending biweekly meetings with the Department of Homeland Security, the City of Manhattan, K-State, and impacted utility companies.
In addition to the preliminary concept layouts for the Kimball Avenue and Denison Avenue intersection, BG Consultants was contracted in late 2013 by the City of Manhattan to study the capacity benefits of transportation improvements to the entire Kimball Avenue corridor between College Avenue and Meadowlark Road. The study will explore the volume of potential development opportunities that could be served by the corridor as a result of the increased transportation capacity.
The Kimball Avenue Corridor study has been placed on hold pending related planning studies in the area. Upon completion of those efforts, BG Consultants will finalize the Kimball Avenue Corridor Study with the recommendation of corridor improvements. The interested stakeholders will then be able to make an informed decision on modifications. The design plans and specifications will then be prepared for the selected improvements so construction can be completed before NBAF opens.