Finishing ahead of schedule and within budget, Jackson County’s portion of the Lee’s Summit Road Improvement Project is nearing the final stage of completion.
The project is a 6-mile, collaborative effort to improve Lee’s Summit Road from Colbern Road to U.S. 40 Highway. Jackson County joined MoDOT, Independence, Kansas City and the City of Lee’s Summit in the project. The MoDOT and County portions along with the City of Lee’s Summit’s section on the south end bring a combined 13.4 million dollars in Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding to the residents of Jackson County.
Kansas City 5th District Councilwoman Alissia Canady said, “This project is a good example of the combined efforts between the County, Kansas City and federal funding to improve roadways in the growing economical areas.”
The county’s portion of the project is the 1.3 mile stretch of Lee’s Summit Road between Anderson Drive and 40 Hwy. Road improvements include a new bridge an additional lane, on-road bike lanes, sidewalks and a multi-use path that connects to the Little Blue Trace Trail at the new bridge.
MoDOT completed plans for improvements to the intersection of U.S. 40 Highway and Lee’s Summit Road in the fall of 2015. The intersection’s improvements include turning lanes, new traffic signals and new pedestrian facilities. While plans for both projects were being completed, utilities were being relocated to make way for the roadway improvements. Since Jackson County and MoDOT plans were connected, MoDOT agreed to bid the plans together. In September 2014, Radmacher Brothers Construction was awarded the contracts.
The City of Lee’s Summit began its portion of the project in the spring of 2016.