October 8, 2015

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KC Scout Recognizes Emergency              Response Team

This week, KC Scout staff took time to recognize some of the most visible members of their team: Emergency Response Operators.

Emergency Response Operators provide assistance on most of the busiest interstates in and around the Kansas City metropolitan area. They offer help to disabled motorists and respond for lane obstructions, be it stalled vehicles in traffic lanes, car accidents or debris in the roadway.

With each assist, the operators present their customer with a business card and ask them to complete a survey on their services. The recognition this month was to highlight the operator who received the most responses.

Working emergency response requires near constant vigilance along the roadways. Last month, they completed more than 1,400 assists - 1,600 in August. The most common driver ailment is a flat or blown tire.

This quarter's honor went to Greg Morgan, who quickly gave it to another co-worker. Greg had the most responses from customers about his help on the roadway, including some glowing comments:

Greg was very friendly and very helpful. We felt a huge relief when he showed up as we felt very unsafe on the tiny shoulder where we had a flat tire (on an overpass) Greg friendly smile and quick service was very much appreciated!!

I had just pulled over was very frustrated and then Gregory showed up and I didn't even expect it! He saved the day and help temporarily fix my car so I could make it home! God bless him!

Learn more about this quick-action team on KC Scout's webpage.

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Public Hearing Introduces Diverging
Diamond Paired with Roundabout

The Southbound Route 291 Interchange at US 50 in Lee’s Summit is currently over capacity and requires significant maintenance, including bridge replacement. Built in 1969, this interchange serves more than 35,000 vehicles per day. The City of Lee’s Summit is working with MoDOT to find a way to ease congestion, enhance transportation safety and accommodate future growth, and they came up with something pretty unique - a diverging diamond that pairs with a roundabout. Check out this video of how the interchange will flow.

Recently, the City of Lee’s Summit and MoDOT hosted a public hearing to share the preliminary design for the project and receive comments from motorists in the area. Approximately 40 people stopped by to learn about the project. The proposed interchange improvements include:

  • Reconstructing the Route 291 overpass bridges into a diverging diamond design.
  • The intersection of Blue Parkway, the north outer road to US 50 Highway, and Jefferson Street will be reconstructed as a roundabout.
  • Oldham Parkway will be realigned to the south and the existing traffic signal controlled intersection will be removed.

This project will also accommodate bikes and pedestrians and include off-street shared-use trails. One of the busiest park facilities in the community with indoor and outdoor recreational amenities is located at the northeast corner of the interchange.

The project is scheduled for letting by the end of 2016 with construction completed by mid to late 2018. Learn more about this project on our website.

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For more info

Melissa Black
Communications Manager,
Missouri Department of Transportation
P: (816) 607-2027
F: (816) 365-0860

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