New Lee's Summit interchange on I-470 to open

Highway crews are hoping to open a new Lee’s Summit interchange by tonight.

They’re working to open the I-470 interchange at Blue Parkway no later than Saturday morning. The new interchange is expected to give drivers better access to the new Summit Fair shopping center and relieve congestion at the intersection of Chipman Road and U.S. 50.

Located at the southeast corner of I-470 and U.S. 50, the 500,000-square-foot shopping center features a new Macy’s and a J.C. Penney store.

The new interchange should draw traffic away from the Chipman Road and U.S. 50 interchange, which often becomes jammed with traffic because of its close proximity to the I-470/U.S. 50 interchange a little farther to the north.

The Blue Parkway interchange is part of a $46 million project that also included a new interchange at I-470 and Pryor Road, which opened last year.

The Missouri highway department warns drivers to expect more traffic delays in the area because workers still need to be complete roads that will connect the Pryor Road and Blue Parkway interchanges. The connector roads span Highways 50 and 350 to link the two interchanges.