Summary of M-7 Highway Improvements


Contact Information

Organization: Independence
Contact person: John Powell
Title: Engineer
Phone: 8163257605
Organization address: 111 E. Maple
  Independence, MO    65050-0519

General Information

1. Project name: M-7 Highway Improvements
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Most of the project is in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. The southern connection to prior improvements is within Blue Springs.
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: The project will include intersection improvements at Pink Hill Road, Strode Road, Highway FF, Truman Road, 78 Highway, and Bundschu Road. There would be interchange improvements at 24 Highway.
4. Primary project mode: Highway/roadway 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation * Freight * Highway/Roadway * Other ()
The project makes highway improvements by constructing a four lane highway. There would be sidewalks and bicycle facilities to make this a multi-modal facility. There would be improved freight access to the Lake City Ammunition Plant and an industrial park. The goal is to better serve all transportation modes, provide more interconnectivity between multimodal options, and improve freight movements along the highway.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Kati Horner
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $40000000
9. Project description: The project will reconstruct 7 Highway between Pink Hill Road and 24 Highway. The existing two lane highway will be widened for four traffic lanes. This will increase the system capacity. The four lane highway will be a safe and direct way to travel for motorists and freight. The Lake City Ammunition Plant is designated as a freight destination and as an activity center. Bicycle facilities will be built on the highway to provide a safe travel route for bicyclists. There will be sidewalks constructed for pedestrians to use.
10. Scope: The project reconstructs 7 Highway to build a new four lane wide highway. The project is from Pink Hill Road to 24 Highway, a distance of 5.8 miles. The four lane highway will provide for safe travel by motorists and freight travel. There will be bicycle facilities for safe travel by bicyclists. Sidewalks will be built for pedestrian use. A new interchange is planned at 24 Highway. This is next to Fort Osage High School. Each intersection will be studied to determine the turn lanes needed to provide for safety. Safety improvements will be provided at an at-grade railroad crossing.
11. Project schedule: It is expected that the project will be divided into three phases, each approximately two miles in length. The first phase would be from the Pink Hill Road intersection to the Truman Road intersection. Completion of the first phase is estimated to be before 2030. The remaining two phases, Truman Road to 24 Highway, are expected to be completed by 2040.

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