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Toll costs among concerns for U.S. 69 Highway expansion

KDOT hosts 1st town hall on proposal
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Posted at 7:14 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 20:14:59-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Potential toll costs as part of a U.S. 69 Highway expansion proposal were chief among the concerns of residents who attended a virtual town hall meeting Wednesday night.

The Kansas Department of Transportation hosted the meeting to receive feedback on the $550 million U.S. 69 Highway expansion project in Overland Park.

The project would expand the highway from four to six lanes from 103rd Street to 179th Street.

The proposal also includes the possibility of tolls on the additional lanes. State law prohibits adding tolls to existing lanes. Collected tolls would only be used for improvements on the expansion project.

Tolls would increase during peak hours, but costs have not yet been determined.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the roadway saw more than 80,000 vehicles per day, and a traffic study determined that the most severe traffic congestion occurred north of 159th Street.