Summary of US 50 Capacity Project (Colbern Road to Todd George Parkway)


Project Number: 1465
Organization: MoDOT
Project Name: US 50 Capacity Project (Colbern Road to Todd George Parkway)
City(ies), County(ies), State: This project is in Jackson County, MO and touches the cities of Lees Summit and Kansas City.
Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: This project on US 50 crosses the I-470 interchange and ramps, Chipman Road interchange, 3rd Street interchange, 291 South/Jefferson Street interchange, 291 North interchange and Todd George Parkway interchange.
Primary Project Mode: Highway/roadway 
Supplementary Project Mode(s): * Freight * Highway/Roadway )
This project will extend the third lane from Colbern Road to Todd George Parkway. This project will help alleviate congestion points in the corridor, improving vehicular flow and safety for travelers in single occupancy vehicles, carpools or vanpools. US 50 is a Tier 2 roadway in the statewide freight plan and between 2,000 and 5,000 trucks use US in the project area each day. This improvement will help freight move more efficiently through the project corridor. There is an express transit routes that originates and terminates at a MoDOT park and ride lot just east of Chipman Road. US 50 in this corridor is a high-speed expressway. Non-motorized travel modes are encouraged to use the parallel local road system.
Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
Project Description: This project is a scoping project (4P2336). This project is located in a rapidly expanding suburban area in the southeastern portion of the metro area. This project will add a lane of through traffic to improve traffic flow and improve congestion. Lee’s Summits population doubled at each decennial census from 1980 to 2000. While the congestion and crash rates in this corridor are not the highest in the district, the area continues to develop, and so traffic volumes are projected to continue to increase in the future. Projections show congestion will continue to worsen. US 50 is a Tier 2 Freight corridor in the Statewide Freight Plan. The amount of truck traffic is expected to increase in the future. The addition of capacity should improve Goods Movement by improving the efficiency of freight movement and access to the local road network. This project may also include addition operational and geometric upgrades to interchanges and ramps within the project corridor.
Scope: US 50 is a four-lane expressway that is grade separated in the project corridor. Traffic volumes range from an average of 71,000 to 45,000 vehicle trips per day with about 5,000 trucks per day. US 50 is a Tier 2 freight route in the statewide freight plan. The Kansas City region is one of the busiest freight hubs in the nation, and freight volumes are projected to continue to increase in the future. This project is expected to be programmed between 2030 and 2040. Since this project is forecasted for 2030-2040, the range of solutions for this project are not completely defined at this time. Additional capacity is needed, but other options may include peak hour bus-on-shoulder or auxiliary lanes to accommodate higher volumes of large trucks as the transportation system evolves over the next decade. This project also has several bridges that are at the point of needing replacement or serious rehabilitation treatments. It makes sense to include the improvements to traffic flow and bridges are as the new lane is added to the corridor. Some bridges may need to be lengthened to accommodate the additional lanes, and some might need to relocated to provide greater access for the communities.
Funding Source: MODOT
Total Budget in 2019 Dollars: $75,000,000
Decade: Illustrative
Application Score: 92
Constrained / Illustrative: Illustrative
Priority: High
Adds Capacity: Yes

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Steven Howland said...

We cannot seriously consider adding more freeway miles in this region. Environmentally it is incredibly destructive. Beyond that where is the money going to come from to maintain them? We struggle to afford the infrastructure we already have!

11/8/2019 7:59:46 AM


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