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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 26, 2009

CONTACT: Melissa Bedford Fears
Public Communications Coordinator
(816) 969-1014 office
(816) 572-0605 cell

City Celebrated Improvements to Pryor Road and Third Street

Today, the City of Lee’s Summit celebrated the opening of Pryor Road (4th Street to Longview Road) and Third Street (Pryor Road to View High Drive) – two projects that will help provide better access, improve safety, and relieve traffic congestion for drivers traveling through the southwest area of the community.

The ribbon-cutting event, which was open to the public, was from 10 – 11 a.m. on Friday, June 26, in Charles David Hartman Park, 700 SW Pryor Road, Lee’s Summit.

Lee’s Summit District 2 City Councilmember & Mayor Pro Tem Randy Rhoads and Councilmember Allan S. Gray II said the following about the completion of these projects:

“This is an important link for our District 2 residents that have not been available for over ten years. I know that the new Pryor Road connection to Longview Road will help many families with busy lives get from point-to-point,” said Councilmember Gray.

“Now that we have also connected Pryor Road to I-470, our residents can get to businesses or their homes without using the Chipman Road interchange. I am pleased with this significant improvement for our residents. The connection should also reduce traffic along the Chipman Road corridor, west of US 50,” said Councilmember Rhoads.

Pryor Road:
Pryor Road, named after former prominent Lee’s Summit businessman J.J. Pryor, was a two-lane roadway with only one bridge over Cedar Creek, which had been closed for more than 10 years because of its deteriorating condition. Today that narrow, older, road has been replaced by a new, wider, smooth surface, three-lane roadway with new bridges over both Cedar Creek and the Rock Island Railroad right-of-way.

Additionally, there are ornamental railings, decorative lighting, and a stone-like facade.  The Pryor Road improvements were funded in large part by the SummitWoods TIF as well as the 1997 voter-approved sales and excise tax that funded the original 10-Year Road Plan. In fact, this is one of the last of the projects on the original 10-Year Road Plan. The design engineer for the project is BWR and the contractor is Pyramid Contractors, Inc.

Third Street:

Third Street, from Pryor Road to View High Drive, is a former two-lane, county road without curbs and gutters. Now, the road has been improved dramatically with the road widened to four lanes and the addition of turn lanes at various locations. Additionally, there are sidewalks, curbs and gutters, a new storm sewer system and streetlights.

The completion of the work on Third Street completes all of the projects approved by voters in the 2002 General Obligation Bond election. As with Pryor Road, the improvements along Third Street will provide greater mobility to residents living in this portion of the City and will enhance access to the residential and commercial areas of New Longview. The design engineer for the project is Affinis and the contractor is Miles Excavating.

There will be other road improvements to the southwest area of the City, beginning later this year, with construction work on Longview Road from Pryor to Ward. Also, the final phase of improvements on Pryor Road, from Longview Road to Scherer Road, is scheduled to begin early next year.

For more information about the projects, contact the City’s Public Works Department Deputy Director & City Engineer Dena Mezger at (816) 969-1845.
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