Archive for Wednesday, December 6, 2000

State Avenue reopens to traffic

December 6, 2000

After two years of doing without a main artery into the Kansas City area, traffic once again is flowing along State Avenue.

Fred Backus, project engineer for the $9.5 million, two-mile project on State Avenue, said the road was realigned to take it away from Kansas Speedway. The project was completed ahead of schedule.

"We had originally thought that it wouldn`t be done until early next spring," Backus said.

The early opening should make commuters happy.

"Obviously, this is a very important highway link for a lot of people in the western part of Wyandotte County and Leavenworth County, as well as for a lot of through traffic on Highway 24-40," he said. "We`re very pleased to have it reopened."

The State Avenue construction stretched from Interstate 435 to 118th Street, Backus said. Work was done by Clarkson Construction, Kansas City, Mo.

More good news for commuters is that the westbound ramps off Interstate 435 onto Interstate 70 that were closed last summer reopened last week, Backus said.

As for other projects in the works, Backus said, "Nothing`s as big as the State Avenue project, but there`s still some work to do out by the Speedway."

Backus said work on the north leg of 100th Street, which connects Parallel Road and State Avenue began a year ago and will be completed this spring.

That project, he noted, is one-third of a mile long and is budgeted at $1.5 million.

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