Archive for Thursday, August 12, 2010

KDOT announces public meeting for K-7/I-70 interchange

August 12, 2010

The Kansas Department of Transportation is holding a public open house to discuss the current status of the K-7 and I-70 Interchange in Bonner Springs.

The public meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Bonner Springs High School, 100 McDanield, Bonner Springs. Short, identical presentations will be given at both 5:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.

KDOT has identified the funding needed to complete final design plans for Phases 1-3 of the interchange and construction of the Riverview Avenue and 118th Street Bridges, including realignment of 122nd Street and Riverview Avenue (Phase 2). Construction for Phase 2 is anticipated to begin in late 2012. The open house format will allow area residents, businesses and commuters to review detailed project maps, listen to a presentation and provide comments anytime during the evening. KDOT staff, along with consultant team members, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss issues and/or concerns.

The display materials will show KDOT’s progress to-date on the final design plans for the first three phases of the interchange. Phase 1 improvements include the addition of 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.

Phase 2 involves rebuilding bridges over I-70 at Riverview Avenue and 118th Street and realigning 122nd Street and Riverview Avenue. Phase 3 will shift I-70 to the south and widen it to six lanes between K-7 and 110th Street.

There is currently no funding for design plans or right-of-way acquisition for the remainder of the ultimate 10 phases of the interchange, or the construction of any improvements other than the bridge and realignment work in Phase 2. When additional funding becomes available, Phase 1 is anticipated to be the next phase that will be constructed.

The ultimate K-7 and I-70 Interchange project will respond to the area’s increasing traffic demands and economic development needs, while improving safety. In response to congestion issues, KDOT constructed a second left turn lane onto southbound K-7 from the I-70 exit ramp and added new traffic signals at the intersection of K-7 and Canaan Drive in 2009.

For more information, visit the project website at k7andi70interchange.org. Those who require a sign-language interpreter or other communication aids at the meeting, can call Kimberly Qualls, KDOT Public Affairs Manager at (785) 296-3881 at least one week in advance of the meeting.

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