MO 291 intersection work moves into Phase 3 on Aug. 3

JACKSON COUNTY– MoDOT Kansas City is in the process of making intersection improvements at the intersections of MO Route 291 and Scherer Rd./Thompson Dr. and 16th St. in Lee’s Summit. The third phase of construction begins on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at approximately 6 a.m. This phase includes signal installation at MO Route 291 and Scherer Rd./Thompson Dr. This work will impact the outer road, Market St., 16th St., and Scherer Rd./Thompson Dr with new pavement operations, signal lighting installations, and resurfacing work.

There will be signed detours:

  • Scherer Rd. will be closed at MO Route 291
    • Motorists headed west on Thompson Dr. should turn north (right) on MO Route 291, then follow SW Persels Rd. to the west (left), turn south (left) on SW Jefferson St., and then continue west (right) onto Scherer Rd.
    • Motorists headed east on Scherer Rd. should turn north (left) onto SW Jefferson St., then head east (right) on SW Persels Rd. back to MO Route 291. Motorists should head south on MO Route 291 and turn east (left) on to Thompson Dr. to continue to Thompson Dr.
  • Access to the outer road (Market Street) will also be closed at Scherer Rd.

This project has four total construction phases:

  • Phase 3 (beginning August 3 to late September) will impact the outer road, Market St., 16th St., and Scherer Rd./Thompson Dr. with new pavement operations, signal lighting installations, and resurfacing.
  • Phase 4 (beginning in late September) will include the removal of the median at 16th St.

Project improvements include the installation of turn lanes and traffic signals at the Scherer Rd./Thompson Dr. intersection and also include the addition of right turn lanes and the removal of the median cross over and left turn lanes at the 16th St. intersection. Motorists can expect to see various lane closures in the area during construction. This project is anticipated to be complete by Oct. 2021. All work is weather permitting.

Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE.

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.

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