• Strother Road project will give access to I-470

  • Lee's Summit looking for business growth.

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  • Lee’s Summit city officials are planning for existing and future business growth with an eye toward Interstate 470 access.
    A project to provide an I-470 interchange at the already-existing Strother Road will begin this fall and is projected to be completed by 2012, said Brian Scott, assistant city manager for the city of Lee’s Summit.
    The project will include creating a bridge over I-470 and entrance and exit ramps at Strother, which is located between Woods Chapel and Colbern roads. The project will include a diamond-shaped interchange, similar to most interchanges along the corridor.
    The nearly $20 million project will be partially funded by about $8 million in federal grant money and the balance will be paid by tax increment financing and transportation development district funding, said Finance Director Conrad Lamb.
    The project is necessary to ease increasing traffic congestion caused by the development of a large industrial area mostly south of Strother Road and west of I-470. The development includes medical office buildings and other type businesses plus the newer addition of an apartment complex in the area north of Strother Road. A golf course used to be located on the property. A few years ago, the owner sold the property to form the business district.
    “That area has grown a lot in the last few years,” Scott said.
    The city also is bracing for future growth on the east side of I-470, expected in the far future by the sale of property owned by the Mormon Church.
    “We’re just looking for an opportunity to provide access to that property,” Scott said.

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