The Blue Springs City Council has approved a modified funding agreement for sidewalk improvements along Missouri 7, from Interstate 70 north to Pink Hill Road.

The improvements will place sidewalks and ADA-compliant signals along M-7.

“This is something we’ve been working on for a long time; we talk about it a lot,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “When I see motorized wheelchairs and baby strollers down 7 Highway, I cringe because I think it’s an accident waiting to happen.”

The federal share of the funding will be 80% of the construction costs, not exceeding $582,000 according to council documents, and the total budgeted cost of the project is $777,5000.

The estimated start date for the construction is Dec. 1, and it’s to be done by late November 2021.

Council Member Kent Edmondson said the project has been a priority for the mayor since he was elected.

Ross said the city is also working to make the same happen on the southern part of M-7.

The agreement is with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, which governs the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The agreement specifies the project responsibilities split between the city and MoDOT, with Blue Springs being responsible for the preparation of design plans and specifications, right of way acquisition and funding. MoDOT will be responsible for the letting of the work, including solicitation and inspection. MoDOT will also review the plans set by the city.