The Jackson Drive extension project in Independence is about on schedule, according to Shar Dilmaghani, construction projects supervisor for the city of Independence.

The Jackson Drive extension project in Independence is about on schedule, according to Shar Dilmaghani, construction projects supervisor for the city of Independence.

“The plan is to have it finished by April,” Dilmaghani said. “But it may be pushed back to May depending on how bad a winter we have.”

In addition to the intersection at Jackson Drive and 39th Street having two more right turn lanes due to the anticipation of increased traffic congestion, the project includes the extension of Jackson Drive north from 37th Terrace to R.D. Mize Road. Bridges are being built over the Kansas City Southern railroad, Crackerneck Creek and the north fork of Crackerneck Creek. While the Jackson Drive extension is more than 75 percent complete, the work planned at the intersection of Jackson Drive and 39th Street is a little more than 50 percent finished.

Dilmaghani said the Jackson Drive extension will include a new intersection at R.D. Mize.

“We’re going to work with the contractor (Radmacher Brothers) to set up a plan for the intersection,” Dilmaghani said.

So far winter weather has had little effect on the work schedule, Dilmaghani said.

“Everything is going well, though we’ve had some delays due to a utility transmission that was pulled while we were constructing the railroad bridge,” Dilmaghani said. “The project was delayed some weeks, but the contractor may be able to catch up if the weather is good.”