Highway work slated for 2006
This summer, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin ironing out the timetable for improvements to the interchange at U.S. Highway 24/40 and Kansas Highway 7 interchange.
On Tuesday, transportation officials met with representatives from Bonner Springs and Wyandotte County municipalities for an update on the $30 million project.
Unified Government of Wyandotte County is paying $1.5 million for the project as well, officials said Tuesday morning.
The work entails improving the interchange to a clover leaf design and widening sections of 24/40 and K-7 to six lanes.
Only four lanes will be built initially with the remaining two being constructed later, transportation officials said.
The project is expected to begin in spring 2006 and be completed in winter 2007.
Rod Lacy, department of transportation road designer, said funding the project should not be a concern. State officials have set aside the $30 million to pay for the estimated construction cost.
Tim Ross of George Butler and Associates, a Kansas City, Kan., firm designing the project, said the work would accommodate development and estimated traffic volumes for the next 20 years. Engineers said the project will cause some headaches for motorists but they are intent to limit that by planning the project carefully.