Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, December 11 to celebrate substantial completion of Phase II of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and will be held at the Good Shepherd Christian Church located at 111 SW Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, Mo.
“This continued investment in our infrastructure addresses long-identified traffic flow concerns in past citizen visioning sessions and our annual Citizen Satisfaction Surveys,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “I would like to thank our project partners Amino Brothers Construction Company, MoDOT, Kansas City Southern Railway Company, City of Lake Tapawingo and the Woods Chapel Road corridor businesses and residents.”
Phase II of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project included realigning and widening the roadway, installing new railroad crossing signals, adding a roundabout at the Walnut Street intersection, water and sewer improvements, reconstruction of the Lake entrances and Dockside Drive, street lighting, and creating bicycle and pedestrian pathways.
Construction on the $6 million dollars project began in August of 2014 and reached substantial completion in late November 2015. The funding for the project was a mix of a $2.95 million dollars of federal funding, $2.3 million dollars of city road funds and the rest was from the 2008 bond proceeds.
In August 2008, Blue Springs residents passed two bond issues for street and sewer improvements.
Question 1 authorized the use of a $35 million revenue bond for sewer facility improvements to meet mandated environmental regulations and to take advantage of low-interest state financing.
Question 2 authorized the issuance of $28 million in general obligation “No Tax Increase” bonds for road and intersection improvements including the widening of Woods Chapel Road from the Duncan road intersection to the railroad tracks, improvements to Duncan Road at Woods Chapel Road/R.D. Mize Road intersection, the extension of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road and improvements to the Colbern Road and Highway 7 intersection.
In September 2010, the City celebrated the completion of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road Extension Bond project. In January 2012, the Colbern Road & Highway 7 Intersection improvements were completed and in July 2013 the City of Blue Springs and the City of Grain Valley celebrated the completion of the Sni-a-Bar Waste Water Treatment Facility improvements.
The remaining dedicated funds from the Woods Chapel Phase I project were used to help complete Phase II allowing the overall improvements to reach Walnut Street. The portion of Woods Chapel Road to 40 Highway was overlaid to further improve the corridor. Matching funds are being sought to reconstruct and widen this last leg and complete the corridor improvements in the future.
For more information, contact Jeff Sell, Assistant Director of Public Works at (816) 228-0121.
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