Recently completed was the second phase of a long term project in the southwest Kansas City metropolitan area. Known as the Johnson County Gateway project, the $600 million, three-phase construction added high speed flyovers and collector distributor roadways and widened roadways to both improve traffic flow and better separate ingress and egress movements. Considered to be the most congested interchange in the state, the junction of Interstate 35, Interstate 435 and K-10 at Lenexa and Overland Park sees 230,000 vehicles per day traveling through the area. Area growth and increases in long distance freight traffic will continue to increase those numbers.
Phase I construction ran through December 2012. Work then added two lanes in each direction along Interstate 35 between 119th Street (Exit 220) and I-435 (Exit 222). Prior work to Phase II also involved repaving area freeways and converting two exits to diverging diamond interchanges.
Phase II, a $288 million project, involved 22 new and 5 rehabilitated bridges. The existing single lane flyovers at I-35 and I-435 were replaced with new two-lane ramps. A third flyover from K-10 east to I-435 north replaced a directional ramp at the same interchange.
Work started in April 2014 and was completed by the end of 2016, though a formal ribbon cutting was held in Lenexa in November 2016. Landscaping work wraps up in spring 2017. We drove through the Johnson County Gateway Project in June 2015 and again at the end of October and November 1. The following suite of photos notes both new traffic patterns and ongoing construction.
I-435 south at I-35
K-10 east at I-435/35
I-435 west at I-35/K-10
Phase III work will further improvements to the Johnson County Gateway to handle traffic concerns identified through 2040. The last phase will upgrade K-10 west of I-435 with a new westbound c/d roadway for Renner Boulevard. It will also complete upgrades to I-435 north of K-10 and construct a new flyover ramp from I-35 north to the I-435 westbound c/d roadway by Lackman Road. Presently there is no funding in place Phase III.
Interim work will repave Interstate 435 from east of Quivira Road (Exit 82) to Metcalf Avenue (Exit 79). The two-year project commences in spring 2017.