Lee’s Summit officials, along with the Missouri Department of Transportation, announced Monday that the U.S. 50 and Missouri 291 South interchange improvements are proceeding.
Construction, however, isn’t expected to start until 2016.
MoDOT is beginning selection of a consultant to design the $16 million interchange and craft an agreement with Lee’s Summit on funding, responsibility for maintaining the improvements, and the transfer of Southwest Blue Parkway between Jefferson and 3rd streets to city jurisdiction.
The agreements are expected to be in place by February.
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“The announcement about the interchange project moving ahead brings Lee’s Summit a step closer to improving this high traffic corridor for thousands of motorists traveling daily to Lee’s Summit and areas surrounding our community,” said Mayor Randy Rhoads.
Funding comes from several sources:
▪ $8 million from a bond issue approved by Lee’s Summit voters.
▪ $6.8 million in federal grant funds the city obtained through the Mid-America Regional Council
▪ The balance from MoDOT, which will manage all design, land purchases and construction.
Enhancing the north-south connection provides a gateway to downtown Lee’s Summit and safer access to Pleasant Lea middle and elementary schools and to Summit Christian Academy, the city said.
By reducing congestion and improving traffic flow, including truck access, the city expects to spur private investment in that area and create job opportunities.