Lee’s Summit and the Missouri Department of Transportation are holding an open house to explain concepts for building a new interchange at U.S. 50 and Blackwell Road and new outer roads to Missouri 7.
The meeting 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 SE Green Street, will be include displays showing changes in access and the routes proposed for the extension of Blue Parkway and Oldham Parkway east of Blackwell Road. Also on display will be illustrations of a new Blackwell Road interchange at Route 50.
Construction is expected to begin in 2015.
Lee’s Summit, Lake Lotawana and Jackson County joined MoDOT in a 2000 study to evaluate improving safety, adding access and extending outer roads along U.S. 50 in this area. This project is a result of continued planning and discussion following the initial study.
The $21.2 million improvements will be partly paid for by Lee’s Summit. MoDOT will commit up to $10 million for the interchange through cost share funds and fund all of the $5.6 million cost of north and south outer road improvements to M-7, which includes areas in Lake Lotawana and unincorporated Jackson County.