Work to widen Lee’s Summit Road immediately south of Independence is a little closer.

The Jackson County Legislature on Monday approved a payment of $1.02 million to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

“As soon as they get this money, they’ll go out for bid,” said Legislator Bob Spence, R-Lee’s Summit. He said he expects work to begin this fall.

There are two projects. MoDOT is improving the corner at U.S. 40 and Lee’s Summit Road, and the county is widening the road from there south to Anderson Road, just past the Little Blue River. To save money, MoDOT is handing the bidding.

Water line replacement has turned out to be more expensive than expected, a cost borne by Kansas City out of county funds that are sent back to cities for road work. That means the project’s cost to the county will not increase.

The county’s share is $1.78 million. The federal government is picking up most of the cost, $7.12 million. Kansas City is paying more than $2 million.

The road will be widened and have bike lanes.