Since 2016, MoDOT has led a dozen projects in Lee’s Summit with a total construction value of almost $66 million. From the $13 million Blackwell Road interchange to new $300,000+ traffic signals at Deerbrook, MoDOT’s work is visible almost anywhere you drive in the city.
Matt Killion, MoDOT Area Engineer for Jackson County, appreciates the City of Lee’s Summit’s partnership and willingness to find creative ways to pay for projects.
“When we all partner together, everyone benefits,” Killion said. “That’s what our Cost Share program is all about– providing an opportunity to get creative on funding of transportation improvements.”
The Missouri 291 Interchange at 50 Highway is one of Killion’s favorite success stories. The city worked to secure voter approval of a bond issue covering about half of the $11.5 million construction cost and then helped secure federal funds for the remainder. MoDOT then administered the overall contract and handled construction inspection for the so-called “diverge-about,” which opened in 2018.
The Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council has been busy this spring undergoing its first strategic planning process in five years, an effort that runs parallel to the city’s Ignite! strategic planning process. According to LSEDC President and CEO Rick McDowell, infrastructure investment will continue to be a hot topic as the city works to attract new investment and retain existing businesses.
“Infrastructure is identified time and again from our board members and stakeholders as a key priority,” McDowell said. “Communities that win big projects are also communities that intentionally invest in infrastructure. That’s why we are extremely grateful for our partnership with MoDOT and look forward to future collaborations as we work to grow investment and business opportunity in Lee’s Summit.”