This fall the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will begin work on the final phase of the Route 45 Widening Project from Route K to Interstate 435, completing the four-lane expansion from Interstate 29 to Interstate 435. The improvements on the 1.26 mile stretch of highway will accommodate development and most importantly improve traffic safety.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at the intersection of Route 45 and Brink Myers Road, where work will begin for the final phase this fall. MoDOT District Engineer Dan Niec will emcee the event.
The widening project was let in 1999 for the expansion from a two-lane to a four-lane highway from I-29 to Route 9. The second phase from Route 9 to Route K was completed in 2012. The construction of additional lanes has improved traffic safety, decreased travel time and congestion and enhanced economic growth.
The third and final phase was funded through a partnership among MoDOT ($5.4 million), Platte County ($1.5 million) and the City of Parkville (Federal Surface Transportation Funds $5.8 million). Work will include grading, paving, retaining walls, lighting, the addition of a roundabout at Brink Myers Road and a trail from Route K to Brink Myers Road. The goal is to increase capacity for more vehicles, improve intersection safety and increase driver sight distance by flattening the hills.
MoDOT approved a contract with Clarkson Construction for the final phase of the widening project. Utility work began in the summer and tree clearing near Brink Myers Road began in September. Additional work to be completed through 2016 includes the addition of a retaining wall and a portion of a new roundabout at Route 45 and Brink Myers Road.
David Barth, Forest Park Development, the developer of Thousand Oaks, said, “The widening project will have a big impact on development in the area. Thank you to all the people working diligently on the project.”
Mayor Johnston said, “The City is looking forward to completion of the project, which will be beneficial to the Northland. Years ago I made this project a top economic development priority and it’s finally coming to fruition!”
The anticipated completion date is December 1, 2017.
For more information about the project contact MoDOT Area Engineer Shelie Daniel at (816) 645-6090 or for more information about the groundbreaking event contact City Clerk Melissa McChesney at (816) 741-7676.