City leadership and Council members joined the Overland Park Public Works Department for the Construction Tour on Aug. 26. This annual event provides an opportunity in the field for collaboration and dialogue between elected officials and the experts behind projects currently underway.
Donning safety vests, City officials took the opportunity to step off the bus and onto project sites. This year’s tour highlighted several key projects, including traffic signal reconstruction, thoroughfare improvements along Metcalf Avenue, street reconstruction near 103rd and Roe, street preservation near 123rd and Lamar, mini-roundabouts constructed on 132nd Street and more.
Along with fellow City engineers, Public Works Director Lorraine Basalo guided the construction tour, providing crucial project details and answering questions along the way.
“This tour showcases the dedication of City leaders and the Public Works Department to construct and maintain a safe and efficient Overland Park for years to come,” said Basalo. “Moving beyond plans and reports, this tour empowers the Governing Body with valuable insights to build even stronger relationships between the City and its residents.”
Members of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s 69 Express team guided the tour down U.S. 69 to provide an overview of construction along the corridor stretching from 103rd Street to 151st Street. The project will build a new express toll lane in each direction adjacent to the existing general-purpose lanes to increase safety and improve congestion in the area. The express lanes will open to traffic by the end of 2025.
Find more information about all City projects at opkansas.org/construction.