The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced the upcoming opening of the final phase of the Route 45 Widening Project from Route K to Interstate 435. Construction began in October 2016 to complete 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 ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at the closed section of Route 45 (aka Tom Watson Parkway) just east of Timber Ridge and Nevada Avenue. Local, state and federal officials have been invited to attend the ceremony.
The widening project was initiated 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 included 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 was to increase capacity for more vehicles, improve intersection safety and increase driver sight distance.
Mayor Johnston said, “The City is looking forward to completion of the project, which will greatly improve highway access for our citizens and businesses. The completion of the third and final phase will continue to promote economic expansion that has brought investment and jobs to our community. I would like to thank our partners with the federal, state, and county government who helped make this project happen.”
For more information about the project and the ribbon cutting contact MoDOT Area Engineer Shelie Daniel at (816) 645-6090.