Lee’s Summit is asking voters on April 2 to approve $4.6 million to spend on making two roads safer, along with projects to support cultural arts.
The city proposes reconstruction of Orchard Street between Douglas Street and Independence Avenue and paved shoulders for Pryor Road between Longview and Hook roads.
Officials said the Orchard project will provided better connectivity for neighborhoods between older Lee’s Summit neighborhoods and downtown Lee’s Summit.
Maureen Burke, a resident who lives on Orchard Street, said that street has no sidewalks, ditches flood when it rains and children have to stand in the street waiting for school buses.
“My concern is it’s a life safety issue,” Burke said. “I’ve seen people about get hit many times.”
The same goes for Pryor Road.
Eric Kratz, who said he uses the heavily-traveled road frequently, said the road itself is wide enough but the shoulder isn’t inadequate for the many pedestrians and bicyclists who use the road or when cars are meeting fire trucks on the way to a call.
“The grass shoulders are pretty treacherous for any one walking or riding a bicycle,” he said.