As Grain Valley grows, city focuses on eliminating traffic congestion, increasing business downtown

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. -- Changes are coming to one of the metro's fastest growing cities. On Wednesday the city of Grain Valley will celebrate finished renovations to its Main Street.

As the population in Grain Valley continues to grow, city leaders say delays, congestion and backups were becoming a problem for the city.

The changes not only addressed traffic congestion but offered a solution to encourage more people walking and biking downtown.

The project includes upgrades to the sidewalks, enhanced crosswalks and better street lighting.

The project began back in 2012, and was done in phases. Three years ago, MoDOT rebuilt the ramp to I-70. The final phase of the project focused on the improvements along Main Street.

Grain Valley project phases

Grain Valley project phases

City leaders hope to now recruit more businesses downtown.

The city will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. It will be held across the street from the Bank of Grain Valley on Main Street.