Updated: Jan 22
The Unified Government (UG), Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the Turner Diagonal Interchange Project on Friday, January 31. The public is invited to attend the celebration at 10:30 AM at the Interstate 70 (I-70) westbound Truck Staging Area near the I-70 and Turner Diagonal Interchange in Kansas City, Kansas. In the event of inclement weather or temperatures below 40° Fahrenheit, the groundbreaking will be held at the Kansas City Kansas West Branch Library at 1737 North 82nd Street, Kansas City, KS 66112.
Speakers include Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly, USDOT Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Sean Poole, Unified Government Mayor/CEO, David Alvey, and Chief Marketing Officer & Founding Partner of NorthPoint Development, Brent Miles.
The Turner Diagonal Project was awarded a federal BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) grant for $13 million, which makes up 46 percent of the project funding. The remainder of the project costs will be funded by commitments from UG, KDOT, and NorthPoint Development.
The Turner Diagonal Interchange sits at the crossroads of the country – about a two days drive from 85 percent of the US population. This location services 65,000 vehicles per day, 25 percent of which are trucks, and is very close to other major highways. The current design of the Turner Diagonal Interchange no longer meets the needs of the community and the surrounding area.
The UG partnered with KDOT, KTA, and North Point Development in determining solutions to address infrastructure and transportation needs consistent with the new vision for the Turner Diagonal corridor.
The existing interchange will be reconfigured to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) allowing the release of KTA and KDOT right-of-way and opening up 300 acres of land for economic development and job creation. The new interchange will provide better access to businesses along Turner Diagonal, improve safety and allow traffic to move efficiently through the corridor. The Project will add a new shared-use-path and sidewalk from Riverview Avenue through the new DDI and connect to existing sidewalks at State Avenue. The project will also address freight parking at the truck staging facilities west of the interchange.
The project will be completed by November of 2020.