KDOT approves $570M plan for new Overland Park freeway

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) selected US69 Express Constructor to build the state’s first expressway on US 69 Highway in Overland Park.

The project will widen the highway to add an additional lane of traffic in each direction from 103rd to 151st Street. KDOT will also build 11 noise walls along US 69 Highway between 119th Street and 151st Street.

To support the 69 Express project, the City of Overland Park will also reconstruct the 167th Street interchange.

KDOT originally planned to begin construction on the tollway project in September. However bid for the project exceeds $ 430 million project limit budgeted by KDOT.

US69 Express Constructors was one of two design-build teams that originally submitted bids for the project. A revised proposal was submitted to KDOT on September 15th.

“KDOT greatly appreciates the partnership shown by each of the teams listed,” KDOT Project Director Steve Rockers said in a press release.

“The RFP revisions successfully reduced project costs. Further evaluation by KDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) verified project costs that reflect current market conditions. We believe the winning proposal represents the best value to Kansas.

The design-build project is currently estimated to cost about $570 million to complete. KDOT plans to complete the project in November with major construction beginning in 2023.

The express toll line is expected to open in 2025 and all construction on the project will be completed in 2026.

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