New 'divergabout' opens in Lee's Summit - MoDOT includes bike/ped accessibility - KSHB

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A unique traffic configuration called a “divergabout” opened to drivers Friday on Route 50 and Route 291 in Lee’s Summit. . . .

It combines a diverging diamond interchange, which eliminates the need to turn left across oncoming traffic, with a roundabout. . . .

The City of Lee's Summit and MoDOT held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the interchange Friday morning. During brief remarks, the state's district engineer highlighted how the changes will cut down on congestion and bottlenecking on the southern exchange of the two highways. Brian Kidwell said the improvements will make walking and biking safer too.

MoBikeFed comment: The fact that MoDOT is routine considering bike/ped connectivity in projects like this is a positive step.

And this interchange has been one of the most difficult in the area for people who walk and bicycle to navigate.

If any has a chance to try the new design on foot or on bicycle, we will be very interested in first-hand reports!