Archive for Wednesday, August 24, 2011

K-7 interchange on schedule

August 24, 2011

The Kansas Highway 7 and Johnson Drive interchange project is trudging toward completion on schedule, officials say.

Construction on the interchange project began in spring of 2010, and traffic access has been limited since. Johnson Drive, which turns into 55th Street near K-7, reopened to through-traffic in June — a welcome development for adjacent businesses.

Construction on the overall project is ongoing, with official completion expected in late October or early November, said Kim Qualls, the Kansas Department of Transportation’s public affairs manager for northeast Kansas.

Qualls said it was hoped the interchange would be open and functioning for traffic by early October, though finishing elements would take longer.

“We know we’ll be in good shape…at that time,” she said.

KDOT is working with the city of Shawnee and area businesses to plan an event to celebrate the project’s completion.

A ribbon-cutting is tentatively planned for late September. The time and date have not been announced.

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