Improvements to Lee’s Summit Road immediately south of Independence are on their way starting later this year.

The Jackson County Legislature on Monday signed off on its part of a $10.9 million project with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

MoDOT is making improvements at U.S. 40 and Lee’s Summit Road, and the county is making improvements south about a mile to Anderson Road, which is where the Lee’s Summit Road crosses the Little Blue River. That’s being put up for bid jointly, through MoDOT, which the county says saves money.

The county has been awarded $7.12 million in federal money, 80 percent of its estimated share of the project.

“This is just formalizing the agreement with MoDOT,” said Legislator Bob Spence, R-Lee’s Summit. “We already have the federal money in hand.”

Bids are expected to go out in June, work begins in August, and the project is to be done by the end of 2015. The road is to be widened, and hiking and biking lanes are to be added.

Altogether, it’s about six miles from U.S. 40 south to Lee’s Summit. The county’s portion is the one mile from U.S. 40 to the Little Blue. Then south to Gregory, the road is in Kansas City, which has improvements on the drawing board but no funding identifed.

South from Gregory – where Truman Medical Center Lakewood sits – the cities of Lee’s Summit and Kansas City are working on a widening of the road to three lanes and other improvements. Those bids also should go out this summer.