Good engineering is all about making connections—and for decades, the city of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, knew the connection of Tudor Road from Main Street to Douglas Street would increase area development and traffic flow.
When we were brought on for engineering and surveying services, our team faced a few challenges in need of smart solutions. Proposed sections of the project involved crossing a railroad track used by Union Pacific, crossing a creek bed, and avoiding an electrical substation. Additionally, it was crucial to avoid disrupting traffic around a local high school when widening part of Tudor Road.
Our engineers easily managed the challenges, designing and obtaining permits for a 90-foot-long bridge to cross the Union Pacific tracks without encroaching on the track’s right-of-way. To accommodate the raised roadway profile and bridge, we helped coordinate the relocation of major power lines to eliminate overhead and underground conflicts.
Portions of the project were delivered under an accelerated time frame, helping the city of Lee’s Summit make good on its promise to citizens that this project was a high priority.
The 3,800-foot-long arterial (high-capacity) roadway was finished in 2016, along with enhancements such as LED street lighting, decorative railings and stone-form liners, multi-use pathways, and more. As a result, the city quickly saw previously stagnant properties along the roadway begin to flourish—connecting people to businesses, entertainment, and a thriving community.
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