Projects & Studies
The Kansas City Metro 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.
Johnson County Gateway: I-435/I-35/K-10 Interchange Study
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
Lewis & Clark I-70 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