News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

City to Celebrate the Completion of Phase I of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project

clock October 21, 2013 14:03 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 23 to celebrate substantial completion of Phase I of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and will be held overlooking the Diverging Diamond Interchange from the parking lot of Pizza Hut, 1512 Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, Mo.

“This investment in our infrastructure addresses long-identified traffic flow concerns in past citizen visioning sessions and our annual Citizen Satisfaction Surveys,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “The reconstructed Woods Chapel Road corridor has dramatically streamlined rush hour congestion, better serves our existing businesses and creates a beautiful western gateway into Blue Springs.”

“This infrastructure investment has spurred new business interest to locate along the re-developing Woods Chapel Corridor,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson. “In August 2012, the concept plan for the Oaks at Woods Chapel was approved unanimously by the City Council and the first tenant, CVS, opened in August 2013.”

Construction on Phase I of the Woods Chapel Road Project began in April 2012 with a project cost of approximately thirteen million dollars. The City saved over ten million dollars by incorporating a diverging diamond interchange into the project design which repurposes the existing bridge over I-70. Over 30,000 vehicles travel through the Woods Chapel Road corridor daily.

Phase II of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project is currently undergoing utility relocations and is expected to be under construction throughout 2014 with substantial completion in the spring of 2015.

History

In August 2008, Blue Springs residents passed two bond issues for street and sewer improvements.

Question 1 authorized the use of a $35 million revenue bond for sewer facility improvements to meet mandated environmental regulations and to take advantage of low-interest state financing.

Question 2 authorized the issuance of $28 million in general obligation “No Tax Increase” bonds for road and intersection improvements including the widening of Woods Chapel Road, improvements to Duncan Road at Woods Chapel Road/R.D. Mize Road intersection, the extension of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road and improvements to the Colbern Road and Highway 7 intersection.

In September 2010, the City celebrated the completion of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road Extension Bond project. In January 2012, the Colbern Road & Highway 7 Intersection improvements were completed and in July 2013 the City of Blue Springs and the City of Grain Valley celebrated the completion of the Sni-a-Bar Waste Water Treatment Facility improvements.

For more information, contact Jeff Sell, Assistant Director of Public Works at (816) 228-0121.

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Temporary Closure of Walnut Street

clock July 18, 2013 14:51 by author Jeff Quibell

Hello!

Just an FYI, Please be advised that Walnut Street , between SW 11th and SW 15th Streets, is scheduled to be closed for curb replacement and sidewalk repair.

Weather permitting, the closure will begin July 22 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for over one week, excluding weekends. Traffic will be detoured to Main Street .

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Kim Nakahodo
Communications Manager
City of Blue Springs , Mo.
903 W. Main Street
Blue Springs , MO 64015
Phone:   (816) 655-0497
             (816) 651-6449
Fax:       (816) 228-7592
Email:    knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com
www.bluespringsgov.com
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Woods Chapel Road Construction Update Carl Felt Road Closure - New Traffic Pattern on Bridge

clock June 25, 2013 15:51 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 25, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Woods Chapel Road Construction Update

Carl Felt Road Closure; New Traffic Pattern on Bridge

Blue Springs, Mo. – Carl Felt Drive will be closed at Woods Chapel Road for over one month beginning Thursday, June 27, weather permitting. This will allow the reconstruction of the southbound lanes of Woods Chapel Road. Traffic will be detoured onto 36th Street to the South Outer Road.

In conjunction with this closure, traffic will shift from the west side of the bridge to the east side of the bridge. Due to this new traffic pattern, the road narrows to two lanes increasing congestion during peak periods.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution in this area, plan their travel accordingly and seek alternate routes for the next 6 weeks.

For more information, contact Public Works Department at (816) 228-0121.

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2013 Blue Springs Street Overlay Program

clock April 23, 2013 09:42 by author Jeff Quibell

The 2013 Street Overlay Program is currently underway.  This annual maintenance program repaves streets and makes concrete repairs. Installation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps and repairs to sidewalks have been incorporated into the program to create safe, walkable paths and meet federal requirements.


Woods Chapel Road RR Track Crossing To Be Closed

clock October 12, 2012 16:04 by author Jeff Quibell

We have been notified that Kansas City Southern Railway will close the Woods Chapel Road crossing on Monday, October 15th for track realignment. They will be raising the track to smooth out the track run through Blue Springs.  City crews will be assisting with the asphalt leveling on either side of the crossing for a smooth transition. The project is expected to be completed in one day.  If it is raining on the 15th, the project will be completed on the next available day.


Exciting Development in City

clock February 22, 2012 19:29 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResMayor Carson Ross likes to say Blue Springs is a city “on the move,” and it’s obvious throughout our city that his statement is accurate.

With the exceptionally mild winter we’re experiencing, commercial development at Adams Dairy Landing is progressing at a brisk pace. Ulta Beauty is now open and the buildings for TJ-Maxx/Home Goods, Ross Dress for Less and additional lifestyle shops are close to completion.

The city recently began requesting bids on the long anticipated improvements for Woods Chapel Road, continuing to fulfill the promise of redeveloping this important north-south corridor. At the most recent City Council work session, the council agreed to request assistance from the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation regarding recommendations for a strategic plan to redevelop our Missouri 7 and U.S. 40 corridors. We also agreed to complete the formal review of our city’s comprehensive plan, a review that is significantly overdue and will ensure the city is better prepared for future development efforts.

Not all politics were local last week. I had the great pleasure of going to Jefferson City to talk with our state legislators regarding a variety of issues of interest to our city.

I met with many representatives and senators and experienced a great deal of pride as I frequently heard how well our city is represented by District 54 Rep. Jeanie Lauer. Over and over again her colleagues spoke of what an effective, strong leader she is for Blue Springs. Having worked closely with Jeanie in recent years, this confirmed what I already knew about her dedication to the residents of our city and her genuine concern for the best interest of our community. It’s gratifying to know that others recognize her integrity and sincerity. We are fortunate to have her in Jefferson City!

We began interviewing candidate development teams last week, one of which will partner with the city and University of Missouri for the design and development of the 50,000- to 80,000-square foot Mizzou Center building. The Mizzou Center will focus on research, continuing education and community outreach functions in Missouri Innovation Park and will serve as the anchor tenant for this important project.

The land for the first phase of development in the park is now under control of the city, and we are on track for visible development before the end of the year. The location is just south of Adams Dairy Landing, at the corner of R.D. Mize Road and Adams Dairy Parkway.

Jackson County’s regional rail proposal now includes two potential stops in Blue Springs – one downtown and one at the southern edge of the Innovation Park. These two stops will assist Main Street Alive in downtown redevelopment efforts and help to accelerate the development of Missouri Innovation Park. This proposal is likely to be a November ballot issue in Jackson County.

Blue Springs is “on the move?” Yes, mayor, we certainly are!


Colburn Road & MO-7 Intersection Ribbon Cutting Pictures

clock February 1, 2012 11:04 by author Jeff Quibell

Colbern Road & Highway 7 intersection

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Mayor Ross saying a few words at the ribbon cutting.

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MoDot Area Engineer Matt Killion saying a few words at the ribbon cutting.

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City Administrator Eric Johnson, Mayor Carson Ross and MoDot Area Engineer Matt Killion cutting the ribbon.

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City Looking At A Year Of Progress

clock January 4, 2012 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell

2011-12-08 10-40-58.261The changing of the calendar to a new year is typically seen as a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.

For Blue Springs, 2012 will be the year in which we see visible progress on the Missouri Innovation Park on Adams Dairy Parkway. As the University of Missouri prepares to break ground at its permanent location in Blue Springs, its involvement and commitment will raise the visibility and viability of MIP to the world’s animal-health-related companies, along with other entities and organizations.

It will take time, but we anticipate the demand for locations within the MIP will result in new, high-quality jobs for Blue Springs residents and those in the surrounding areas.

This year will also see the installation of the new digital radio system for our Police Department. This system, paid for by the public safety tax that Blue Springs voters approved last year, will substantially improve our Police Department’s communication ability and will help make our city safer. The improvements to the public safety building will enhance downtown and provide an improved workplace for our police officers.

Hopefully, 2012 will see progress on the regional transit proposal, which could bring even more activity to our downtown in the coming years.

The redevelopment of Woods Chapel Road continues, and residents will see utilities relocated this spring in preparation for the widening and resurfacing from Duncan Road on the north all the way south to Walnut Street. Right-of-way acquisition is under way, and we should see work on the road begin this year, with scheduled completion scheduled for 2013. The new diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 70 will improve the flow of traffic, especially during rush hour, and the signalized intersection at Duncan Road will make that area safer and less congested.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation for the many cards, notes, copies of the newspaper and kind words regarding the story of the Christmas ornaments from my birth mother. To Martin Augustine of KMBC Channel 9 News and Lee Hill Kavanaugh of The Kansas City Star, thank you for telling the story in such a wonderful and compassionate manner. The response has been overwhelming and very much appreciated. For those who missed the stories, they can be viewed at http://bit.ly/QuibellOrnaments and http://bit.ly/AnnChristmas.
Happy new year, everyone! I look forward to another year of sharing with you all of the great things happening in Blue Springs!


Blue Springs City Council Decides on Waste Hauling Issue

clock November 9, 2011 00:59 by author Jeff Quibell

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Controversial issues come in all shapes and sizes, with the latest focus on the methods and options for trash removal in our community and the definition of public input. Thursday’s Examiner “Our Opinion” column suggested that “It is simply not good enough [sic] tell them to fill out comments cards and, trust us, your input, will be taken into account”. Permanently recording, by written word, the input of the residents of Blue Springs could, in my humble opinion, be considered superior to the spoken word. Sixty-nine residents completed comment cards and gave detailed responses to the questions before them. In this context, by definition input is a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information and a statement is a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts.

The editorial writer suggests that we should have sat through “a couple of hours of grief” because it is part of our job. Frankly, I would never consider communicating with my constituents “grief”. In this instance, there were simply too many people to allow everyone the opportunity to speak in the time available. Chairman Lyle Shaver made a wise decision to insure everyone that wished to share their input was given the opportunity to provide their statements. I sincerely appreciate the residents who took the time to provide us with their detailed comments and recommendations, along with the other four Councilmen who attended and interacted with the residents prior to and immediately following the meeting.

Chairman Shaver began the meeting with an explanation of how public input would be received due to the large number of people attending. What is interesting was the total absence of objection to his approach. Not even a murmur went through the crowd. Normally, if disappointment or disgruntlement were occurring, it would be fairly apparent. Instead, the crowd listened intently to the presentation and immediately following, began completing the comment cards, giving their input in written statements. Following the presentation, many stayed afterward to talk with the councilmen and members of the taskforce one on one or in small groups.

Many people I communicated with were upset about the false and/or misleading information they had heard or received. Once we had discussed their initial concerns and began discussing facts, the message was clear: the residents of Blue Springs are satisfied with the current method of trash hauling in our city and want it to remain the same.

Monday evening, the City Council received the recommendations from the taskforce. The five council members present listened to the input of our residents and agreed. The current system works for Blue Springs. We were not distracted by the misinformation or misdirection that was published, and focused on what was important to our residents.

I am a firm believer that anything worth debating should be debated with facts. Then, and only then, can we focus on and arrive at a consensus. The process works when we allow it to follow through to its proper conclusion.