Economic Benefits of Transportation,  Economic Expansion,  Kansas

Johnson County Gateway Phase 2 Project

The flow of both commuters and freight now enjoy the benefits of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Johnson County Gateway Phase 2 Project that opened to traffic in November 2016.

Nearly a quarter of a million people rely each day on the Johnson County Gateway: I 435/I-35/K-10 Interchange to move safely and proficiently through Johnson County, the greater Kansas City metropolitan area and the region.

The Gateway project has helped connect the Kansas City region to numerous regional hubs and businesses such as BNSF Railroad Intermodal Facility, Logistics Park Kansas City and Kubota Tractors. It’s a fact – the economic vitality of the region relies on an improved and efficient transportation system.

While the I-435/I-35/K-10 interchange area is a significant transportation hub and economic engine for the region and the state, it has also been one of the most congested interchanges in Kansas. However, with the increased ramps, lanes, and capacity that were constructed, the project has addressed more than 90 percent of the existing traffic problems in the area. Traffic delays have been greatly reduced, resulting in a huge enhancement to the overall flow of traffic and freight in the region.

Twenty-two new and five rehabilitated bridges were incorporated into the Gateway Project area, including two new two-lane flyover bridge ramps and widened bridges at the I-435/I-35 interchange. Fifty-six new lane miles were also added within the interchange area as well as several other improvements to interchanges and connecting city streets.

This was one of the state’s largest projects, and of the $288 million spent on construction, nearly 85 percent of that was federal funds. In fact, it was Kansas’ first and largest design-build transportation project, and it was completed by Gateway Interchange Constructors nearly six months ahead of schedule.

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