KDOT Underestimates Budget to Build Express Lane on US 69

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) saw two of the initial bids for a project to build an express lane on US 69 Highway in Overland Park were way over what they had budgeted for the project. According to a news release from KDOT, the most recent cost estimate for the express lane project is £430 million. In order to keep costs low, KDOT is working with two teams to modify the requested proposal of the project.

The project entails expanding US 69 from four lanes to six lanes from 151st Street to 103rd Street in Overland Park, according to the news release. The two new lanes will be the express toll lanes.

11 noise walls will be built along the highway and the 167th Street interchange will be improved, also. "We remain committed to completing U.S.

69 as promised," KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz stated in the news release. "DOTs and contractors nationwide are having to navigate an unprecedented amount of uncertainty due to inflation. We're taking additional steps to ensure we're delivering this project as cost-effectively as possible for taxpayers while also minimizing the impact on the schedule to complete this much-needed project." The timeline for the plan is to finish the express lanes by the end of 2025 and the whole project by 2026.

You can stay updated on the project by going here.


Source: KDOT