Why is MoDOT doing this project?
MoDOT launched the Route 50 Corridor Study in summer 2000 to address transportation improvements along the 10-mile stretch of highway between I-470 and Route 7. The study produced five top criteria:
- increase safety
- minimize congestion, minimize travel time
- improve access to Route 50
- improve regional access.
As a result of these findings, the task force of city, county and economic development leaders recommended two-way outer roads throughout the length of the highway, an interchange at Blackwell Road and minimizing the amount of right-of-way acquisition.
What do the improvements include?
Improvements at Blackwell Road include:
- A new interchange
- extending Blackwell Road south to Oldham Parkway
- extending Blue Parkway (the north outer road) east to Route 7
- extending Oldham Parkway (the south outer road) to Route 7
Improvements at Route 7 include:
- New traffic signals and turn lanes at the ramps to and from Route 50
- several new and improved turn lanes at the north and south outer road intersections
The proposed changes will close direct access to Route 50 at Smart Road, Milton Thompson Road, East Old Lone Jack Lee’s Summit Road, Cemetery Entrance and Harris Road. Access will be redirected from those routes to Blackwell Road and Route 7 by way of new outer roads. The change will eliminate several of the most dangerous high-speed intersections along the increasingly busy Route 50 corridor.
How much will this project cost?
This project is currently under construction. Project cost is $21.2 million, mostly funded by the city of Lee’s Summit, with MoDOT committing $10 million for its portion of the interchange and $5.6 million to construct the outer roads. It is scheduled to be complete by May 2017.
For more information on this project, contact MoDOT Area Engineer Matt Killion at 816-622-0500 or by e-mail at Matthew.Killion@modot.mo.gov.