Kansas City Metro Area Projects & Studies
The Kansas City area is a beehive of transportation activity. In
order to manage the growth and prepare for an efficient and effective
transportation system, the Kansas Department of Transportation and
many local partners are working together to study the area and develop
plans for the future. Here is a sampling of the projects and studies
underway in the region.
Kansas City Metro Area Projects
US-69 & I-435 Interchange Improvement "Red Project"
The US-69 & I-435 Interchange Improvement Project, also known as the "Red Project" includes: construction of southbound collector-distributor road network along US-69 between 103rd Street and 119th Street, widening work on eastbound and westbound I-435, and construction of collector-distributor road network along I-435 between I-35 and US-69. Interchange improvements will be completed at I-435 & Quivira Road, I-435 & US-69, US-69 & College Boulevard, and US-69 & 119th Street.
This phase of the US-69 & I-435 improvements in Johnson County is part of the T-WORKS program and the selection of this project was announced in February 2011. Project construction will begin in mid-July 2011 and the entire project is scheduled to be completed in late 2013.
To view an aerial map of the interchange improvement project timeline that shows proposed construction phasing and traffic impacts, click here.
To see videos of how you will navigate through the US-69 & I-435 interchange area once the Red Project is completed, click on the links below.
Driving simulation of completed Red Project interchange improvements
Aerial view of completed Red Project interchange improvements
Kansas City Metro Area Studies
I-435 & Roe Avenue Bridge Replacement Study
The Kansas Department of Transportation plans to replace the I-435 and Roe Avenue Bridges in 2014/2015, if funding is available. The I-435 and Roe Avenue bridge replacement study was completed in late April 2011. The interchange selection study
evaluated several alternatives and
ultimately determined that a new
type of interchange, a diverging
diamond interchange (DDI), would
manage traffic most efficiently in the
future while providing the most
cost-effective solution. To find out more about the bridge study, please click on the links below:
Final I-435 and Roe Bridge Newsletter2012 (4/3/12)
Johnson County Gateway: I-435/I-35/K-10
This interchange is the focal point for regional and local traffic
in Johnson County and critical to future economic development in
the area. Between 2009 and 2011, KDOT conducted a Concept Study to develop a plan for the Interchange that would improve current traffic flow, prepare for future traffic growth, support economic development and improve overall safety. Once this study was completed, KDOT, moved forward with its first design-build project for Phase 2 of the Johnson County Gateway Project. It includes two highway-to-highway interchanges, seven
highway-to-local road interchanges, and the mainline for
K-10, I-435, and I-35 in the vicinity of those interchanges. To find out more about the Johnson County Gateway project, visit the project
website at: www.jocogateway.com.
K-7 & I-70 Interchange: Today. Tomorrow. Together.
The existing K-7 & I-70 Interchange in Bonner Springs is a major
highway-to-highway interchange. KDOT and its local partners are
managing the K-7 Corridor by planning for continuing growth in this
area. KDOT has developed the preliminary design for interchanges
at Kansas Avenue, I-70 and 130th Street that work together as one
complete system. The preliminary design process began in 2007 and
was completed in 2010. The new interchange design consists of ten phases and construction funding has been allocated for Phases 1-3 only. To find out more about the interchange project, visit the project
website at: www.k7andi70interchange.org.
Construction of Phases 1-3 of the interchange will be funded through KDOT’s T-WORKS program as was announced in 2011. Phase 1 improvements include a new traffic signal at the intersection of K-7 and Speaker Road, the addition of a loop ramp to both the northwest and southwest quadrants of the existing K-7 and I-70 interchange, and the removal of the overpass and existing I-70 ramps from the southeast quadrant of the interchange. Construction on the Phase 1 project will begin in late July 2013 and is scheduled for completion in late 2014. The Phase 1 construction project handout is available here: K-7 & I-70 Interchange Phase 1 Construction Project Public Handout July 2013
I-35 Southwestern Johnson County Interchange Project
The purpose of the I-35 SW Johnson County Project was to define a new interchange location on I-35 that will provide access to the future BNSF Intermodal Facility, Logistics Park and warehouse facilities and other future growth. The demand and need for additional interstate access, resulting from growth in population and expansion of the regions ability to provide access to more freight traffic for the purpose of moving goods and services, are key elements to be addressed as part of the interchange project process. To find out more about the I-35 SW Johnson County Interchange Project currently under construction, visit the project
website at: http://i35swjohnsoncointerchange.ksdot.org. The new interchange is scheduled to open in Fall 2013.
To provide the traveling public with timely traffic impacts through the I-35 project work zone, the Kansas Department of Transportation has launched a temporary traffic system through the I-35 corridor from K-33 to US-56 in southern Johnson County, known as the I-35 Smart Work Zone Traffic System. The Smart Work Zone Traffic System includes portable changeable message signs, cameras, speed sensors, and variable speed limit signs on the I-35 mainline lanes to help monitor traffic flow and advise drivers to potential delays via slow traffic, traffic incidents, etc. Drivers will be able to view the roadways and obtain real-time traffic information through the Smart Work Zone system online at: http://public.jamlogic.com/zone/ks-i35homestead. This traffic system will be in place August 1-September 16, 2013.
I-35 Moving Forward Study
Interstate 35 is a vital link for interstate commerce that is subject to growing multimodal
transportation needs impacting its safety, capacity, design and operation.
Recognizing this, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Mid
America Regional Council (MARC) have conducted a corridor optimization study
known as “I-35 Moving Forward.” The study examined options to keep traffic moving
safely and reliably today – and in the future. The study investigated innovative ways
to address I-35’s congestion issues through Johnson and Wyandotte counties. The
solutions to these transportation challenges may not be “traditional” from historical
This optimization plan is the culmination of the study and recommends short,
medium and long-term improvements for I-35 through 2040 and beyond. The study
team was comprised of KDOT, MARC and an advisory group comprised of Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA), as well as state, city, county and private industry
representatives. You can find the completed study in its entirety at: http://www.ksdot.org/projects.asp.
Lewis & Clark Viaduct Concept Study
The Lewis and Clark Viaduct is a series of bridges that span land and water in Kansas City, Kansas. The Viaduct provides a vital link for I-70 across the Kansas River and connects Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is conducting a study to examine the condition of each of the nine bridges making up the Viaduct and developing a priority phasing plan for rehabilitation and/or replacement of the existing bridges. To find out more, visit the project website at: http://lcviaducti70.ksdot.org