Roadsides in Lee's Summit should be much prettier next spring

July 17, 2017 - 6:24 am

Some roadside areas in Lee’s Summit will soon be home to more than 40 acres of native prairie grasses and wildflowers.

Crews will have to clear out some other vegetation before the seeds are sown.

"This summer and fall mostly motorists will be seeing mowed areas that will be sprayed with herbicides," said Melissa Black. Missouri Department of Transportation. "We have to kill what's there, the weeds and such."

Things will improve dramatically after the winter thaw.

Spring, about next year, they should start to see all the lovely native wildflowers and grasses popping up," Black said.

The project is made possible through a $20,000 grant from the Burroughs Audubon Society. 

The beautification will benefit local wildlife, the traveling public and taxpayers, Black said. 

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