Summary of Missouri 7 Improvements from 50 Highway to 163rd Street

Pleasant Hill

Project Number: 1521
Organization: Pleasant Hill
Project Name: Missouri 7 Improvements from 50 Highway to 163rd Street
City(ies), County(ies), State: Pleasant Hill, Lake Lotawana, Jackson County, Cass County, Missouri
Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: All work occurring on Missouri 7 Highway, with intersections at Herring Road, Missouri 150 – East, Missouri 150 – West, Stringtown Road (with a potential closure at this intersection), 155th St./County Line, Short Road, and 163rd Street.
Primary Project Mode: Highway/roadway 
Supplementary Project Mode(s): * Active Transportation )
The 7 Highway expansion plan incorporates both vehicular and pedestrian facilities, connecting Pleasant Hill to 50 Highway. This expansion could increase transit options between Pleasant Hill and the commuter lot at US 50 and MO 7, decreasing the number of vehicular trips per day. In its current design, cyclists are utilizing the shoulders of 7 Highway to travel between Lee’s Summit and Pleasant Hill to connect to the Rock Island Spur of the KATY Trail in order to traverse the state. This will continue to be the path for many cyclists until an alternative plan can be established and constructed for the Greenwood Connector, a multi-mile gap in trail infrastructure between Pleasant Hill and Lee’s Summit. Additionally, widening of 7 Highway has the potential to be better served by transit alternatives rather than its current 2 lane configuration which is heavily reliant on single rider vehicular use.
Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement )
Project Description: This project will continue improvements already made to M-7 Highway in south Blue Springs and in Pleasant Hill south of 163rd Street. The project will expand the highway to 4 lanes, with center left turn lanes where needed, install curbs, gutters, and a shared bicycle/pedestrian path on one side of the road. The primary users of this improved project will be motorists while bicyclists, transit riders, and freight will see improvements which will provide a benefit.
Scope: The 7 Highway project expands 5 miles of the existing 2 lane state highway to 4 lanes. Center left turn lanes will be added where needed, specifically at Stringtown Road and 155th Street/County Line Road. Pedestrian and bicycle facilities, in the form of a 5 mile shared use bicycle/pedestrian path are included in this project in order to accommodate cyclists seeking to traverse from Lee’s Summit to Pleasant Hill to access the Rock Island Spur of the KATY Trail.
Funding Source: MODOT
Total Budget in 2019 Dollars: $30,600,000
Decade: Illustrative
Application Score: 58
Constrained / Illustrative: Illustrative
Priority: Low
Adds Capacity: Yes

Submitted comments

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Mark crain said...

This improvement is one of the main improvements needed for the added growth of pleasant hill. Vital for added commercial growth and population growth. 7 hwy is the busiest artery of pleasant hill. Safety of bikers should be of high priority in the consideration. Thank you

5/22/2019 7:02:42 AM

Andrew Cross said...

Please make the 7 highway expansion project a priority, this section of highway continues to be overcrowded and unsafe especially during peak usage hours.

5/22/2019 7:15:23 AM

Nathan Miller said...

This project is much needed and will greatly benefit the residents of Pleasant Hill and surrounding areas. This stretch of highway is very dangerous and backs up every single day during rush hour even when there are no accidents. The bike path would also be a great addition because there is no good, safe way to ride from Pleasant Hill to Lees Summit and the new Rock Island trail has a major gap through Greenwood with no solution in sight.

5/22/2019 7:24:29 AM

S.Chatham said...

An expansion to 7hwy has been needed for many, many years. Its is often dangerous when people have to turn since its only a two-lane highway. Turning lanes and shoulders are much needed. Please make this project a priority!

5/22/2019 8:05:06 AM

Angela Good said...

I think if 7 highway was widened it would significantly improve the safety of that road. It is a heavily traveled area.

5/22/2019 8:08:55 AM

Merial Kinnison said...

This 7 highway improvement is definitely needed for safety of all users. Traffic has increased 10 fold on 7 hwy. Cant imagine the increase in next 10 years.

5/22/2019 8:52:48 AM

Eric Tangblade said...

The improvements on 7 hwy should be a priority, Pleasant Hills population is growing every year and we need a improved 7 hwy to accommodate the increase in traffic.

5/22/2019 10:02:25 AM

JoAnne McDaniel said...

With close to 10,000 population in Pleasant Hill and around 1,500 jobs in town. The amount of people that must travel out of town and back home is huge. The injury and fatality accidents have increased over the years. To widen 7 hwy and put in turn lanes in the needed areas would help this and stop some of the congestion coming into town. The traffic backs up all the way north of 163rd street during afternoon rush hours. 7 hwy is dangerous and needs updating for the volumn of AADT.

5/22/2019 7:02:37 PM

Tony Bakken said...

Definitely needed, sooner than later! Need to focus on 7 HWY south of 150 by phasing that into construction as soon as possible and then North to 50 HWY. Traffic is very congested during the commute to and from Pleasant Hill.

5/22/2019 9:14:13 PM

Susan Cusimano said...

The infrastructure of our community needs improvement. Land-locked arterial roads will need to be addressed during construction so that residents are able to find alternate routes. Please make this happen before another life is taken from us.

8/6/2019 10:39:06 AM

Lynda Hays said...

The road is dangerous, needs a turn lane

8/8/2019 1:50:31 PM

Brandon lees said...

Please consider making 7 wider from 50 hwy north and south all the way through pleasant hill. Traffic is only getting worse and it would make everyone’s commute so much easier.

8/8/2019 4:34:04 PM

Ben said...

This road project would cut down on a lot of traffic problems and I believe it would make travel a lot safer

8/8/2019 4:37:59 PM

Ben said...

This road project would cut down on a lot of traffic problems and I believe it would make travel a lot safer

8/8/2019 4:37:59 PM

Brandon lees said...

**When I said wider I meant 4 lanes** two in each direction and possibly a turn lane? So traffic going 55 doesn’t have to come to a complete stop while a vehicle wants to turn left.

8/8/2019 4:38:22 PM

Rita Dunn said...

If they are not widening the road now, then why will it be closed now?

8/8/2019 4:48:15 PM

Jesse Hawks said...

Ive lived in pleasant Hill for most of my life and still work there, this "highway" had needed to be wider if not two lanes for years.

8/8/2019 6:11:50 PM

Donna Myers said...

7 Hwy has become more dangerous, due to heavier traffic. Im sure the townsfolk would appreciate an explanation w/ turn lanes. Please make this happen ASAP! Thanks.

8/8/2019 7:59:57 PM

David Jackson said...

Turn lanes at Stringtown and at M150 East to Lone Jack are the first-tier priorities...both slow/stop traffic unnecessarily too often.

8/8/2019 9:03:06 PM

William Larkins said...

We need ANY widening project that can be done to Hwy7. It’s getting very dangerous the further we go along here.

8/9/2019 10:17:02 AM

Lisa Larkins said...

It is becoming imperative that we have an expansion of Hwy 7. The road has become increasingly more dangerous with the high volume of traffic traveling on it especially at certain times of the day. This expansion is important not only for safety but for continued growth of our community.

8/9/2019 10:27:11 AM

Lisa ThomasEnter name here said...

Enter comment hereExpansion of the 5 miles between Hiway 50 & Pleasant Hill is truly needed! The sooner, the better!

8/9/2019 11:35:35 PM

Tyler Ray Ellis said...

Widening 7 Highway from 50 Highay to Pleasant Hill would be ideal. Even if it just has a center turn lane in the middle. This will help traffic flow so much easier and cause alot less wrecks, Not sure how many times Ive had to lock the brakes up because of people decided to turn at the last second.

8/12/2019 10:32:10 AM

Jonathon Willig said...

In the 2 years I have lived in Pleasant Hill, it has become obvious that 7 HIghway is almost the only route into and out of Pleasant Hill, and absolutely needs to be widened. Our growing town is mostly a bedroom community with nearly all working residents that I know to be commuters to work outside of Pleasant Hill. Because of this, the morning and evening traffic congestion is quite the burden. It should also be added that If the need for a mass evacuation ever arose, the current two lane 7 Hwy would not be able to handle the traffic in a safe or efficient manner.

8/12/2019 1:38:53 PM

Kevin Scharig said...

At the very least, there needs to be a turn lane onto Stringtown or Countyline road from South bound 7 Hwy. It is a very dangerous as it is now, not to mention the traffic backup

8/13/2019 12:43:38 PM

Gilbert Sudduth said...

7 highway needs to be 4 traffic lanes with a turning lane from 50 highway to Pleasant Hill it would help with traffic flow and greatly provide a safer drive with less congestion. the route right now is a little dangerous especially if some one turns across traffic or makes a turn onto a side road over a hill. this area needs safer roads especially a main artery for traffic going north and south.

8/20/2019 7:13:51 PM

John Beyers said...

Get R Done!

8/22/2019 7:56:14 AM


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