ABOUT THE PROJECT
MoDOT Kansas City is making intersection improvements along Route 58 at Route 291, Ward Road, and Prairie Lane as well as resurfacing Route 58 from Route 291 to Prairie Lane. This project lets in March 2021 and is scheduled to begin construction that same spring. The project is expected to take between one and two construction seasons to complete.
IMPROVEMENTS AND PLANS
MO 58 and MO Route 291 Turn Lane Improvements (click to view plans): Addition of a southbound and eastbound right turn lane and upgrading the temporary span wires to permanent signals.
Ward Road Roundabout (click to view plans): Construction of a new roundabout at Ward Rd. and MO 58.
Prairie Lane Roundabout (click to view plans): Construction of a new roundabout at Prairie Lane and MO 58.
Route 58: Resurfacing from Route 291 to Prairie Lane.
HOW WILL THIS PROJECT BENEFIT MOTORISTS?
Substandard sight distance and crash frequency and severity at Ward Road and Prairie Lane necessitate the need for intersection improvements. This project will provide improved safety and intersection operation at Ward Rd., Prairie Lane, and Route 291 as well as the resurfacing of Route 58 from Route 291 to Prairie Lane.
HOW WILL THIS PROJECT IMPACT TRAFFIC?
This project will involve disruptions of traffic flow on Route 58, Ward Road, Prairie Lane and Route 291 during construction. More details to come.
HOW IS THIS PROJECT FUNDED?
The total cost of construction of improvements for these projects is $6.5 million and is funded through state and federal funds.
THE SAFETY BEHIND ROUNDABOUTS
A roundabout is a one-way circular intersection that channels traffic around a central island without traffic signals. Roundabouts are a great alternative to a signalized intersection when a high volume of traffic needs to get through with the least amount of inconvenience. While signalized intersections have 20 conflict points, or spots where vehicles could collide, roundabouts reduce that number to eight. Fewer conflict points, combined with slower speeds and calmer traffic, can translate into as much as 75 percent fewer crashes. Because roundabouts tend to have fewer severe crashes than signalized intersections, they have fewer crash-related injuries as well. Learn more about roundabouts here.