Lee’s Summit will be working on Second Street this summer to help reduce the number of accidents and make other improvements.
Construction that started earlier this month will be ongoing from Jefferson Street to Independence Avenue, with about $550,000 worth of concrete work including reconstructing storm inlets, sidewalks and curbs. New streetlights and traffic signals will be added and the city will overlay the street and restripe the section between Jefferson to Independence to create turn lanes.
That will help prevent wrecks at intersections like the one at Douglas and Second streets which is one of the higher accident locations in the city, said Michael Park, city traffic engineer. The sweeping curve of Jefferson where it flows into Second will be rebuilt into a standard T-intersection.
“We’ll get rid of that little island that people hit a lot,” Park said.
Park said during construction the there will be lane closures, but the street will be open without detours.
The project is expected to be finished in October, barring delays due to bad weather or other problems, Park said.
A section of Second Street between Blue Parkway and SW Hillcrest Lane that had been closed about two months has reopened now that storm water improvements in that sections are mostly complete. A rain garden needs to be finished, so there will be some lane narrowing, but the route there will remain open, Park said.
The storm water project was designed to solve flooding issues for the Braeside Park neighborhood and others north of Second Street, he said. A $15.4 million bond issue votes approved in 2007 financed that project.