Summary of MO 291 (I-435 to Ash) Corridor Improvements


Contact Information

Organization: MoDOT
Contact person: Griffin Smith
Phone: 816.607.2108
Organization address: 600 NE Colbern Road
  Lees Summit, MO    64086

General Information

1. Project name: MO 291 (I-435 to Ash) Corridor Improvements
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: This project is in Clay County, MO and touches the cities of Kansas City and Liberty.
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: MO 291 in Clay County has 12 intersecting city streets throughout the corridor.
4. Primary project mode: Highway/roadway 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Freight * Highway/Roadway )
This project will extend the add a lane from I-435 to Ash Street. This project will help alleviate congestion points in the corridor, improving vehicular flow and safety for travelers in single occupancy vehicles, carpools or vanpools. MO 291 is a Tier 2 roadway in the statewide freight plan and between 2,000 and 5,000 trucks use MO 291 in the project area each day. This improvement will help freight move more efficiently through the project corridor. There is currently no transit utilizing this corridor, but it may be an option with more efficient traffic flow and reliability for commuters. MO 291 in this corridor is a principal arterial. Currently, non-motorized travel modes are encouraged to use the parallel local road system. This may change with the project and a chance to add a complete street concept.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Griffin Smith
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $35000000
9. Project description: This project is a scoping project (4P3099). This project is located in a rapidly expanding suburban area in the northeastern portion of the metro area. This project will add a lane of through traffic to improve traffic flow and improve congestion. 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. MO 291 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 intersections and ramps within the project corridor.
10. Scope: MO 291 is a two-lane undivided principal arterial in the project corridor. Traffic volumes range from an average of 21,000 to 26,000 vehicle trips per day with about 5,000 trucks per day. MO 291 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, auxiliary lanes or two-way turn lanes to accommodate higher volumes of large trucks as the transportation system evolves over the next decade.
11. Project schedule: Preliminary Engineering - 2030-2040 Right-of-Way - 2030-2040 Construction - 2030-2040

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