Even after enormous improvements, K-10 commuters still plagued by traffic jams

Jim Cunningham
June 19, 2018 - 6:28 am

Nearly two years since the completion of the Johnson County Gateway project, a highway that feeds into the massive junction remains a headache for a lot of commuters.

The morning drive is a little smoother for thousands of drivers each day at I-435 and I-35, thanks to the huge network of new bridges and ramps in Lenexa. But for people coming into the Metro from the west, the story is different. One crash on K-10 Highway, and hundreds of people may end up late for work.

K-10 traffic volume between K-7 and I-435 is more than 60,000 vehicles per day, said Laurie Arellano, Kansas Department of Transportation communications director.

"It's not considered beyond the capacity of that section, but we know with the growth in that area, we are going to be getting close soon," Arellano said. "We're looking at and we're looking at some other options."

The cities of Lenexa and Olathe requested preliminary design work for the Lone Elm exit from K-10, which has been completed.

"We're still looking at, are we going to do this project, and that comes down to the locals, do they want this project?" Arellano said.

Public involvement will be needed before any improvements along K-10 move forward. KDOT would be willing to invest money into those improvements if the road is considered unsafe, Arellano said.

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