Lee’s Summit is close to starting construction on Tudor Road from Douglas to Main Street, which will make development of more commercial land feasible.
The city’s Public Works Committee voted Aug. 20 to award a near $2.2 million contract with Radmacher Brothers Excavating Company Inc. of Pleasant Hill for phase one of the project.
“It’s quite an exciting prospect,” said Mayor Randy Rhoads. “It will open up development that’s been frustrated because of lack of access.”
That phase is to be finished by July next year.
Completion of Tudor Road between Ward Road and Douglas, to fill a gap, was part of a $10.87 million bond issue approved by voters in 2010.
When complete, the new road will provide an alternate route between Douglas and Ward, alleviating some traffic on Chipman Road and also encourage development of land east of Summit Technology Campus.
Rhoads said the project has been a City Council priority, but it had taken an extended period to negotiate permission to bridge Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
The bid needs final approval, it typically will be on the “consent” agenda at the next City Council meeting, where the council votes for approval without more discussion, although a council member ca ask for it to be placed on the regular agenda.
Work would not interfere with access to Lee’s Summit Police Department headquarters and municipal court at this time, with no work is planned at the Douglas Street intersection for now.
The project will include removal of existing Tudor Road, west of Douglas, and reconstructing it as a new four-lane divided arterial, with sidewalks and a multi-use trail.
A new intersection at Main and Tudor will be built, with Sloan Street also extended and a new intersection added.
Also, work began Sept. 3 on extending Bailey Road to fill a gap between Hamblen Road and Missouri 291 South, with a 300-foot bridge to span railroad tracks there. That $5.7 million project will be built by Pyramid Construction Inc.