Belton, Mo.— The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reports that work to reconstruct the Route 71 interchange at 163rd Street is progressing well enough that the contractor, Ideker Construction Co., is committed to re-opening 163rd Street and shifting Route 71 traffic onto the new bridge before the Independence Day weekend.
If warm and dry weather prevails over the next few months, Ideker hopes to beat that target.
Last fall, MoDOT, the city of Belton and Ideker Construction Co. planned construction to keep two lanes of Route 71 open in each direction during the project. The plan speeds up the work. It also is providing the 80,000 motorists who travel South 71 Highway each day as little traffic congestion as possible during their daily commute.
When completed, the replacement of the 163rd Street interchange on Route 71 will improve access to and from Belton and Raymore, relieving traffic backups at the Route 58 interchange. The North Cass Parkway interchange now under construction at about 187th Street and Route 71 will also improve access to these communities and to Peculiar by adding a new option. According to MoDOT, both projects are expected to be completed by fall 2010 or sooner.