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Jackson committee names long-range traffic priorities
JACKSON -- The extension of East Main Street to Interstate 55 and construction of an interchange at the interstate should be the city's top long-range transportation priority, say members of a committee advising Jackson on its traffic study.
The stakeholders committee rates the extension of Shawnee Boulevard from Ridge Road to Greensferry Road as the second priority. The city's traffic consultants made that recommendation after studying vehicular movement in the city over the past year. Combined with the extension of Deerwood Drive (Shawnee Boulevard) from Greensferry Road to High Street (fourth in the list of priorities), this project would create a road system that circles the northeast part of the city.
The engineering firm Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier surveyed the 18 members of the advisory committee who attended its last meeting Aug. 27. A summary of the survey's findings was released to the media Sept. 27.
The company said the priorities give the city a game plan for spending money on capital projects.
The committee's third priority was an extension of Jackson Trail from Lee Avenue to South Farmington Road/Route PP, creating a southern loop that would accommodate commercial traffic.
Almost all those who took the survey rated the East Main Street extension No. 1. The I-55 interchange has been put on the Missouri Department of Transportation schedule of projects, although it has not yet been funded.
A public presentation of the traffic consultants' ideas was given after the advisory committee meeting in August. The traffic consultants expect to deliver the final plan to the city in late November and to present the results at another public meeting.
The rest of the top 10 priorities, in order, are:
-- Widening and improving the intersection of High Street and Independence Street.
-- Extension of West Lane from Alpine Drive to Independence.
-- Widening and upgrading Hope Street from Jackson Boulevard (Highway 34) to Washington Street.
-- Extension of Jackson Trail from South Farmington (Route PP) to West Lane.
-- Widening and upgrading East Main Street from Old Cape Road to Shawnee Boulevard.
-- Construction of Oak Hill between East Main Street and East Jackson Boulevard.