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Federal grant approved to convert 119th Street overpass to diverging diamond

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 16:51:45-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Olathe will receive a $10 million BUILD Grant to expand and improve the Interstate 35 and 119th Street interchange.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation grant, which will help fund the Interstate 35 and 119th Street Interchange Reconfiguration Project.

The interchange, which is located less than two miles south of the I-35/I-435 interchange, “is currently approaching the end of its design life and is a large bottleneck during rush hour,” according to a release from Moran’s office.

“Interchange improvements at I-35 and 119th Street have been a priority of Johnson County and Olathe officials," Moran said, "and I’m pleased that our coalition was able to secure resources for one of the highest traffic volume intersections in the state through a BUILD grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation."

The plan is to change the overpass into a diverging diamond to help ease congestion, allowing for traffic flow and safety enhancements.

Travel lanes also will be added on 119th Street and turn lanes will be added to I-35 exit ramps.

“This area serves as the spine for KC’s Gateway District," Moran said, "and the completion of these improvements will allow residents and travelers to safely and more effectively access jobs, businesses and amenities in the area. In the coming months, I’ll continue working with local officials to prioritize infrastructure projects that the Kansas City regional economy relies on.”