Construction update

Quivira update: Week of Sept. 3

  • Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, the contractor is scheduled to begin working on Quivira Road north of College Boulevard and south of 119th Street to match the new surface into the existing street. Drivers should expect delays at those two intersections between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Two lanes of Quivira Road will be open in each direction south of College Boulevard and north of 119th Street.
  • Starting at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, the contractor is scheduled to begin laying the final layer of asphalt on southbound Quivira Road. The early start is in response to traffic patterns on Quivira. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m. Drivers should expect delays.
  • Starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, the contractor is scheduled to begin laying the final layer of asphalt on northbound Quivira Road. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane and drivers should expect delays.
Road construction on the stretch of Quivira Road between College Boulevard and 119th Street is expected to be completed by Saturday, Sept. 8. The remaining work on sidewalks and plantings is not expected to cause major traffic disruptions.

The $6.5 million project is adding a lane in each direction on Quivira Road, increasing the total number of lanes from four to six. Other improvements include a new right-turn only lane for southbound Quivira at College, and a right-turn only lane for southbound Quivira at 119th Street. The project also includes new curbs and gutters, sidewalks and street lights.

Funding for the project is coming from the federal government, Johnson County and the city.

All of the construction on Quivira, from 97th to 119th Street, is set for completion in November, according to Justin Nickel, city project manager and senior civil engineer.

"We are working closely with representatives from Johnson County Community College, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Oak Park Mall and many others," said Nickel. "We understand the impact on drivers regarding all of the construction on Quivira from 97th Street to 119th Street. The city is coordinating with the Kansas Department of Transportation on its project for a new interchange at I-435 and Quivira. All the coordination is an attempt to minimize, as much as possible, traffic issues," Nickel said.