Phase 2 - Woods Chapel Road, Phase 2 (Briarwood/Castle Drives to Walnut Street)
Now that all of the utilities have been moved, reconstruction of the second phase of Woods Chapel Road is officially underway. Early frigid temperatures presented a challenge but during the winter the contractor placed underground utilities and storm water box culvert extensions to accommodate the wider roadway cross section.
Later this spring, traffic will be moved over onto the new roadway to allow the contractor access to the east side of Woods Chapel Road. This project is on track to reach substantial completion,the point when the road is fully open to traffic, by fall 2015.
Final completion is expected in spring 2016 when the last landscape pieces are planted and final cleanup is performed.
Construction updates include:
The Walnut Street and Woods Chapel Road intersection reopened as a roundabout on December 23, 2014
Removal of Dockside Drive to allow for grading changes.
As of March 1, crews have placed 4,175 feet of pipe and 4,000 tons of asphalt.
The Woods Chapel Road corridor is one of the most anticipated projects in the street improvement bond. Phase 1 combined 3 separate phases of the original plan, and integrated a cutting-edge Diverging Diamond Interchange design, one of the first to be constructed in the United States! Phase 1 was completed in the fall of 2013.
The completed improvements include:
The relocation of the South Outer Road
Construction of 36th Street
The reconstruction of Duncan Road, Valley View Road, and Kingsridge Drive
Realignment of the North Outer Road
The creation of a new Park-n-Ride lot
Decorative colored medians
Lane additions north and south of I-70
New rock walls within the I-70 right-of-way
2 new traffic signals at Duncan Road, and also at Briarwood / Castle Drives
The Diverging Diamond Interchange
This project dramatically streamlined rush hour congestion, better
serves our existing businesses, and creates a beautiful western gateway
into Blue Springs.
In 2008, Blue Springs voters overwhelmingly approved two bond issues for street and sewer improvements. Question 2 authorized the issuance of $28 million in general obligation "No Tax Increase" bonds for selected road and intersection improvements, including enhancements along the Woods Chapel Road Corridor in Blue Springs, Missouri.