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Construction is currently underway on the U.S. 24 Highway Complete Streets Project -- the largest capital investment in western Independence in the last 40 years. 

The $30 million investment, which is a partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation, will make improvements along U.S. 24 Highway from Wilson Road to Route 291. 

Improvements will include ADA-compliant sidewalks and ramps, pedestrian signals, street lighting, traffic signal upgrades, storm sewer enhancement, pavement resurfacing, ADA-compliant pavement markings and a center turn lane for added safety. 

The project is split into three phases: Phase 1 which will run from River Boulevard to Route 291, Phase 2 which will run from Sterling Avenue to River Boulevard, and Phase 3 which will run from Wilson Road to Sterling Avenue.

“The importance of this project cannot be understated. This is an incredible investment that will have trickle-down effects throughout every aspect of our City,” Councilmember John Perkins said. “This kind of capital improvement and investment in the City of Independence will translate into economic investment and revitalization which will then parlay into neighborhood stability and growth – the potential this project brings is immense.”

The project is part of Independence’s “complete streets” policy, or roadway planning, design and construction that considerations of the needs of those who bike, walk and use transit. It also considers community members of all ages and their physical capabilities. 

Funding for the project is a 50/50 split between the City of Independence and MODOT, however, the City was able to obtain several grants from the Mid America Regional Council to offset costs.

“We understand every dollar counts to our residents and have worked hard with our state and federal partners to leverage matching and grant funds to make this project happen,” City Manager Zach Walker said. “This project will have an impact for years to come and we are excited to watch it come to life.” 

Construction is already underway on Phase 1 and 2 of the project, with Phase 3 currently in the design phase with an anticipated completion date of the end of 2024. 

Phase 1 is expected to be completed in 2026 and Phase 2 is expected to be completed in late 2024.

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