R.D. Mize Road between Selsa and Ringo roads will be closed until 8 a.m. Monday, May 18. 

Drivers on R.D. Mize Road between Selsa and Ringo roads will need to find a detour for the next three weeks.

The road closed Monday morning and will remain closed until May 18, while crews replace a box culvert at Crackerneck Creek.

This $2.9 million road construction project is widening R.D. Mize Road to four lanes from Hidden Valley Road to Little Blue Parkway and Jackson Drive, both now under construction.

New traffic signals at R.D. Mize and the new Jackson Drive have been installed, but are not yet functioning. The former Jackson Drive is now called Ringo Road.

The project also will lower a hill near R.D. Mize and Gateway to improve visibility.

A release from the city of Independence also notes that the new $11.9 million Jackson Drive project, between 37th Terrace and R.D. Mize, will be a four-lane street with a raised median, curbs, a sidewalk, and a shared use path. Work is progressing on building a new bridge over the Kansas City Southern Railroad.  The contractor is also scheduling the remaining grading, concrete, and asphalt work on the project.

The R.D. Mize Road and Jackson Drive projects are expected to be completed by late May.

The Little Blue Parkway will be a four-lane, divided street with sidewalks along one side and a bicycle/pedestrian path along the other side, the news release said.

Completion of the stretch from 39th Street to R.D. Mize Road is expected in the fall.

Funds recently awarded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are being used on the next phases of the Little Blue Parkway and Jackson Drive projects.

The Little Blue Parkway extension from R.D. Mize Road to Necessary Road will receive $3.3 million in federal funds. In addition, the Jackson Drive construction between Holke Road and 23rd Street will receive $1.44 million in federal funding.