One of the biggest new east-west connections north of the river is now open. One can now drive along the 108th Street corridor from Woodland to Route 291 on an improved city street with curbs, sidewalks, and street lights. This will take traffic off the rather hillbilly Staley Road and provide better access to Staley High School for patrons and other visiting high schools.
Now when I tell my basketball refereeing cohorts from the south how to get to Staley High School, it will only be a one sentence description. Take I-435 north to 108th Street and go west. The old description was a rambling, illogical, deer in the headlights filibuster. "Uh, take I-435 north to Route 152 west, to Woodland north, and go until you see the 2nd flashing red light and go east or hope your GPS works the whole way."
This project was built and paid for by the Shoal Creek TIF district which uses 45% of the new sales tax revenue (no property taxes are diverted from schools) generated by the commercial shopping area at Route 152 and Flintlock Road for arterial street improvements in the upper Shoal Creek valley like Flintlock Road, 96th Street, Shoal Creek Parkway, 76th Street, etal.
The new segment of the corridor west of I-435 really shows what happens when a street is designed to follow the topography versus putting it in a straight line on some 1800's established section line.