Kansas DOT Completes Its Largest-Ever Highway Project in Heavily Used Area

Via AASHTO Journal

Kansas and federal officials held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Nov. 29 to mark substantial completion of the largest highway project in the history of the state Department of Transportation – a complex three-year, $288 million construction program called phase two of the Johnson County Gateway project.

In what was actually a series of renovation projects, the Gateway program in the busy Kansas City suburbs has added scores of highway miles, built or renovated dozens of bridges and made other improvements in one of the most heavily congested areas of Kansas – at the convergence of Interstates 35 and 435 and K-10.

A descriptive video from 2015 (below) illustrates the improvements the project was designed to bring.

Already, more than 230,000 passenger cars and heavy trucks use the corridor daily, KDOT said, a number that is forecast to grow sharply in coming decades. The project affects the suburbs of Lenexa, Olathe and Overland Park and their connections with the broader Kansas City area that sprawls across the Kansas-Missouri border.

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