Independence Road Construction Complete

| May 18, 2013 | 3:04 pm
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Construction is complete on Little Blue Parkway in Indpendence. The ribbon was cut Wednesday on the road extending from 24 Highway to 39th Street.

The majority of the $55 million project was paid for with federal highway funds.  The City of Independence expects the improvements to bring more economic development to the Little Blue River Valley.

Press Release from the City of Independence

The City of Independence will celebrate the opening of the new Little Blue Parkway with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. The ceremony will be held on the west side of Little Blue Parkway between M-78 and Bundschu Road.

Last fall the road between 39th Street and Bundschu Road was opened to traffic. The section of the road between 24 Highway and Bundschu Road will open to traffic next week.

Public Works Director John Powell said this new four-lane street provides a major north and south street for motorists and will promote economic development in the Little Blue River Valley.

The project includes new bridges over the Kansas City Southern Railroad tracks, Crackerneck Creek, Spring Branch Creek and Bundschu Creek. New traffic signal and turn lanes have been built at 39th Street, R.D. Mize Road, Necessary Road, Truman Road, M-78 Highway, Bundschu Road and 24 Highway intersections.

The project construction cost was $55 million. The majority of the project funding was federal highway funds, including a $30 million project earmark. The project engineer is Burns and McDonnell; Radmacher Brothers Excavating, Loch Sand and Construction and VF Anderson Builders each built part of the project.

For more information, contact Public Works Director John Powell at (816) 325-7600 or jpowell@indepmo.org.

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