More pedestrian signals coming to M-291

rpulley@lsjournal.comJuly 3, 2014 

This summer, Missouri 291 between Tudor and Bayberry streets will be improved to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the highway bisecting Lee’s Summit.

The Missouri Department of Transportation project will include some kind of work at every significant intersection that has a sidewalk leading to it on that stretch of road, said James Burgess, project manager.

There will be the addition of manually activated, timed traffic signals for pedestrians and extensions of sidewalks to meet city sidewalks where there are gaps. (There won’t be sidewalks added to run along the highway route.)

There will be periodic lane closures, mostly at night, as improvements are made at Tudor, Swann and Chipman roads, Columbus, Third and Fifth streets, Langsford and Bayberry Lane.

The current signalized crossings are only at Bayberry, Langsford and Swann, Burgess said.

MoDOT started planning for adding signals several years ago when it received a request from a resident for a pedestrian signal at Tudor Road. Burgess said that when MoDOT staff learned that residents had approved a bond issue for improving and adding sidewalks, it was an added incentive to add the highway project to help the city increase connectivity.

“Hopes are that when we get all these pedestrian signals in, that will direct people to cross there,” Burgess said.

The completion date is Aug. 4. The Missouri Transportation and Highway Commission awarded a $544,301 contract to Leath & Sons for the construction.

Bob Busby, chair of city’s Liveable Streets Advisory Board said state highways, like the Missouri 291 improvements, are not in the board’s direct charge.

“But anything that improves Lee’s Summit citizen safety near busy roads is always welcome,” he said.

For more information about other MoDOT projects got to its website: www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity.

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