Issue #39 | April 5, 2024

Latest Update: Work Zone Awareness Week

Work Zone Awareness Week will be April 15-19

April not only brings warmer temperatures but also includes the celebration of National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). This month, NWZAW is April 15-19, and KDOT and the 69Express project team are encouraging drivers to be extra vigilant and mindful of construction workers as construction increases. For more information on NWZAW or to learn how to participate locally, please monitor the 69Express Facebook and X pages.

Officially started in 2000 by the Virginia Department of Transportation, NWZAW was created to bring awareness to the dangers faced in construction work zones, encourage drivers to be cautious and alert within these zones and advocate for increased safety practices for workers and contractors. 

Safety Pledge Campaign

In preparation for NWZAW, the 69Express project team will launch a safety pledge campaign where people who drive the 69Express project can make a personal pledge to drive safely in the project (and all) work zones. People who take the pledge will receive a digital badge they can share on social media. We invite and encourage all drivers to take the pledge and to share with friends and relatives their commitment to driving safely.

Information on the safety pledge will be available on the project website, on 69Express social media channels and in an email sent to our email list beginning April 10. Watch for more details. We look forward to your participation!

Construction Update

Crews setting girders between 119th Street and College Blvd.

Bridge work is progressing in different stages along U.S. 69. Progress can be seen at:143rd Street, 139th Street, 135th Street, Blue Valley Parkway, College Blvd and I-435. Demolition work at 119th Street is planned for the weekend of April 12, starting with a full closure of all lanes on 119th Street at U.S. 69 at 7 p.m. Lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. April 15. Ramps will remain open for right-turn movements only. Detours will be along Antioch and Quivira Roads. More information will be available on the project website as the date approaches. 

Trail Closures

Indian Creek Trail closed due to bridge work

As construction ramps up over the next few months, several trails and bike routes will continue to be closed to ensure safety for pedestrians and construction workers. The City of Overland Park maintains a trail closure map that shows all closed trails and bike routes and suggested detours. To see the impacted trails near you, please view the map here

Moving Forward

Want to stay up to date on the project? Visit or follow us on Facebook, X (Formerly Twitter) and YouTube at @69Express for more updates. 

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