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Examiner
  • Road improvement needs cooperation

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  • Some upgrades to the busy stretch of Lee’s Summit Road south of U.S. 40 are coming, and others are still awaiting detailed plans and funding.
    The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to let a contract in June for improvements at the corner of Lee’s Summit and 40. Jackson County is going in with state on that bid, which will include $1.8 million in improvements on the county’s portion of the road, roughly one mile to the south, to Anderson Road, which is immediately south of the Little Blue River.
    The work could begin this summer, according to county officials.
    The two-lane road runs about six miles from U.S. 40 to Colbern Road, passing through a piece that Jackson County is responsible for, then a few miles in Kansas City and then into Lee’s Summit. The improvements officials hope to someday see generally include a third lane – a turn lane – and walking and biking lanes.
    “We don’t have any construction funds at this time,” Sherri McIntyre, Kansas City’s director of public works, said regarding the area south of Anderson Road. The city is looking at eventually making upgrades under several projects in the years ahead, she said.
    Farther to the south, Lee’s Summit and Kansas City are jointly working on a project from Gregory Boulevard – where Truman Medical Center Lakewood sits – south to Colbern. Those bids should go out this summer, said Chuck Owsley, Lee’s Summit’s director of public works. That would could be done in 2016.
    “Overall, (it will be) pretty much a three-lane section through there,” he said.
    Also, Lee’s Summit plans to extend Strother Road west to Lee’s Summit Road and relocate it to the north, opening up traffic somewhat.
    “It’ll give another access to the hospital,” Owsley said.
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