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July 14, 2017 10:34 AM
Lee's Summit Implementing Roadside Beautification Project

LEE'S SUMMIT - The city of Lee’s Summit will soon be home to more than 40 acres of roadside native prairie grasses and wildflowers thanks to a cooperative effort between several state and local organizations. This project is made possible through a $20,000 grant from the Burroughs Audubon Society to create 40 acres of pollinator habitat. Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation, Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Habitat Architects and the Missouri Department of Transportation are all partnering together on the project.

 The upcoming project involves six locations including:

  • Highway 291 North (Langsford to Colbern Road),
  • the Highway 350 and Interstate 470 Interchange,
  • the Todd George Road on and off ramps,
  • the Blue Parkway Highway and I-470 Interchange on and off ramps, and
  • Colbern Road and Independence Ave.

This project will allow for many benefits for local wildlife, the traveling public as well as taypayers. Besides creating a habitat for pollinators and wildlife, it reduces pollution, conserves natural resources, maximizes ecological functions, increases attractiveness, and saves time costs for maintenance.

“Beginning this week, travelers will see MoDOT mowing and the City of Lee’s Summit chemically treating all areas to eliminate weeds,” said MoDOT Roadside Manager Danny Woods. “Many areas will yellow as weeds die, but it’s just part of the process to prepare the area for seeding.”

In September, MoDOT will mow and treat again if needed. In December, crews will seed the grasses and wildflowers. By next summer, crews should be able to just spot spray and mow as needed to control any errant weeds. Longer-term, MoDOT will only need to spot spray and mow annually and perhaps seed occasionally.

“Ultimately this will make Lee’s Summit a more beautiful area for residents and travelers to enjoy,” Woods said.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for workzone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).




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