A U.S. 69 Expansion Project Advisory Group, comprised of civic, business and elected leaders, began meeting in December 2020.
Kansas Explores Strategies for Improving U.S. 69, Reducing Congestion
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), along with the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) and the City of Overland Park, are conducting an in-depth study of how best to improve public safety, reduce congestion and increase travel time predictability along U.S. 69.
U.S. 69 from 179th Street north to 103rd Street is one of the state’s busiest highways, with heavy congestion peaking during rush hours and at other times.
Previous studies indicate that U.S. 69 congestion will increase significantly in the future, creating slower traffic and longer response times for emergency personnel. Transportation improvements are needed to address congestion and keep the economy moving. These improvements will be identified as part of the U.S. 69 Expansion Project.
The U.S. 69 Expansion Project will consult with corridor users, residents, businesses and governments to identify what improvements will help people move between home, work, amenities and other destinations safely and efficiently. Here are just some of the opportunities to learn more about the project and to provide input.
⬤ Advisory Group (AG) Meetings
⬤ Partner Consultation
⬤ Public Meetings (PM)
Project purpose and need; overview of PM #1
Project concepts and costs
Express toll lane (ETL) alternatives and implications
Preferred roadway configurations and potential impacts/considerations
Preliminary traffic and revenue estimates for ETL alternatives
Final traffic and revenue estimates; recommendations to OP City Council
Review proposed project scope, cost, funding, schedule and construction
“Commuters on U.S. 69 corridor are frustrated with increasing congestion and travel times. We must address these issues to keep the Overland Park community and economy growing.”
— Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach
Nearly 1,300 residents responded to a survey about U.S. 69 improvements that are being considered.
The first public meeting for the U.S. 69 Expansion Project has been scheduled for Jan. 20.
Interviews with community leaders assessed U.S. 69 Expansion Project knowledge, perception of express toll lanes, information needs and desired opportunities for engagement.