Although there’s been no official groundbreaking, construction began this week on adding express lanes to U.S. 69 Highway in Overland Park.
Two initial bids were substantially higher than the Kansas Department of Transportation budgeted for the job.
The Kansas Department of Transportation announced Monday that it will build 11 proposed noise walls along U.S. 69 Highway between 119th Street and 151st Street in Overland Park, Kansas.
People living along U.S. 69 in Overland Park, Kansas, can participate in a series of virtual meetings this week with the Kansas Department of Transportation to learn more about the agency’s proposal to build 14 noise walls along a roughly 10-mile stretch of the highway where KDOT will add express toll lanes.
Leaders from the Kansas Department of Transportation, or KDOT, report noise from traffic on the highway currently exceeds federal standards and they expect that noise to increase as the department embarks on a widening program on a stretch of the highway south of 103rd Street.
The Overland Park City Council approved an expansion of the U.S. 69 toll lane project on Monday night. The Council approved expanding its agreement with the state to include reconstruction of the 167th Street interchange, allowing the city to add ramps from northbound U.S. 69 to 167th Street and from 167th Street to southbound U.S. 69.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday the state will invest $280 million in the U.S. 69 Highway express toll lane expansion project in Overland Park.