Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2015

For more information, contact:
Michele Compton, 816-607-2027

PUBLIC COMMENT WANTED FOR POTENTIAL I-35 RAMP METERING LOCATIONS

OPEN HOUSES, MOBILE MEETINGS & ONLINE TOWN HALL SCHEDULED

#KSI35RampMeters

In response to congestion issues on I-35, especially those caused when large groups of vehicles attempt to enter the freeway at once during rush hours, KC Scout, which is jointly operated by the Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation, has begun the I-35 ramp metering implementation project for the area between the Kansas/Missouri state line and I-435. KC Scout and KDOT are hosting a series of public open houses, mobile meetings, and an online town hall meeting through October 31, 2015 to gather public input on the potential ramp metering locations. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Mobile Meetings Public Open Houses Online Town Hall Meeting

Sat., Oct. 3
Walmart
12 - 2 p.m.
7701 Frontage Road
Overland Park, KS 66204

Mon., Oct. 26
4 - 6 p.m.
Walmart Neighborhood Center
4701 Mission Road
Westwood, KS 66205

Sat., Oct. 31
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hen House Market
5800 Antioch Road
Merriam, KS 66202

Mon., Oct. 5
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sylvester Powell,
Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway Street
Mission, KS 66202

Thurs., Oct. 15
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Rosedale Middle School Gym
3600 Springfield Street
Kansas City, KS 66103

Day, Sept. 18 – Oct. 31
I35rampmeters.mysidewalk.com

During the meetings, the public may review exhibits that show the project area and potential locations for ramp meters along I-35 in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. Representatives from KC Scout, KDOT, and the consultant team will be present to answer questions and discuss issues or concerns. No formal presentations will be given.

KC Scout and KDOT are developing the project with input from local governments. The planning phase began this summer and will conclude this fall with a list of ramp meter locations. Construction is anticipated to begin during the summer of 2016. The project is part of a broader vision to address congestion by adding ramp meters and other strategic road improvements along the entire I-35 corridor in the KC Metro Area.

The ramp meters are a cost-effective improvement strategy. They are anticipated to improve the on-ramp traffic that merges onto the freeway during busy, rush hour periods. They create gaps in on-ramp traffic that provide for smaller, more frequent groups of vehicles to enter the freeway during rush hours. The end results of the ramp meter installation project are as follows: smoother and less stressful freeway entries, minimized sudden weaving and braking, more consistent traffic flows, improved freeway speeds, decreased travel times, and reduced rear end and sideswipe crashes.

For more information about the project, visit kcscout.net/rampmetering. You may also contact Mark Sommerhauser, KC Scout Transportation Project Manager, at 816-607-2243 and karsten.sommerhauser@modot.mo.gov.

KC Scout is Kansas City's bi-state traffic management system, designed to lessen traffic jams by improving rush-hour speeds, increasing safety by decreasing the number of rush-hour accidents and improving emergency response to traffic situations by clearing incidents quickly and safely. Scout manages traffic on more than 300 miles of continuous freeways in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Learn more about KC Scout at http://www.kcscout.net. Follow KC Scout on twitter at twitter.com/kansascityscout, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KansasCityScout.

###