K-7 / I-70 Interchange Web site launched
A new Web site launched by the Kansas Department of Transportation, k7andi70interchange.org, will keep visitors updated as to developments made to the ongoing K-7 and I-70 interchange project in Bonner Springs.
The project, which is still in the preliminary design phase, was taken up by KDOT to make the interchange more conducive to increased growth and development in the area.
“Today thousands of residents, businesses and commuters from Bonner Springs and other Kansas City metro communities use the interchange daily, and traffic is expected to increase in the future,” the Web site reports. “Improvements are needed for the K-7 and I-70 interchange to serve the high number of turning movements to and from K-7 and I-70, and to handle increasing congestion and anticipated economic development.”
No fixed dates have been announced as to when actual construction will begin on the project, but construction on an additional left-hand turn lane onto southbound K-7 from I-70 is tentatively scheduled to begin in May and be finished by the summer. The turn-lane should help to offset problems caused by high traffic in that area.
Currently the project has been divided into two phases: Phase 1, which includes the left-hand turn lane, preliminary design and final construction of the west half of the interchange, and phase 2, which will begin upon completion of phase 1 and will include construction of the rest of the interchange. Total funding has not yet been made available for phase 1.
The project in its entirety, which the Web site reports will take a number of years to complete, is expected to eventually turn the single interchange at K-7 and I-70 into a three-interchange system. This will include the interchange at K-7 and I-70 and will add two more interchanges at K-7 and 130th Street and K-7 and Kansas Avenue.
Visit the Web site to find more information about the project, such as sketches, a projected schedule, news releases and several answers to frequently asked questions.
A tentative public meeting about the project is scheduled for early May.