The project list included in Connected KC 2050 is not static. It will continue to evolve as additional needs are identified. Amendments may be made to the plan as projects are modified, or as new projects, funding, programs or transportation legislation arise.
Amendment #1 to Connected KC 2050 was approved by TTPC and the MARC Board in December 2020. It modifies and updates project information for five projects previously included in the transportation plan, as follows:
- The budget for the 18th Street bridge rehabilitation project in Kansas City, Kansas, has been updated. This project has been advanced to the first decade of the plan (2020-2030).
- The US-69 (103rd Street to 179th Street in Johnson County, Kansas) expansion project is now included in the financially constrained project listing. This project has been advanced to the first decade of the plan (2020-2030).
- The K-68 (Spring Valley Road to US-69 in Miami County, Kansas) expansion project is now included in the financially constrained project listing. This project has been advanced to the first decade of the plan (2020-2030).
- The interchange project at I-470 & View High Drive in Jackson County, Missouri, has been advanced to the financially constrained project listing and has been advanced to the first decade of the plan (2020-2030).
- The fifth phase of the I-70/K-70 interchange project in Wyandotte County has been deferred to 2030-2040 decade of the plan
Amendment #2 to Connected KC 2050 modifies and updates project information for three projects previously included in the transportation plan, as follows:
- Amend project 1191: K-92 Centennial Bridge replacement to update cost and transfer project from medium priority illustrative to constrained project list.
- Amend project 1324: I-70/K-7 interchange KA-1003-10 (Phase 5) to move this phase to the illustrative project list.
- Amend project 1328: I-70/K-7 interchange KA-1003-11/15 (Phase 6 and 10) to split project up into two distinct CKC2050 projects and move Phase 6 to illustrative project list.
Amendment #3 to Connected KC 2050 incorporates changes to the US 69 project in Johnson County. It also adds projects and makes changes to a few existing projects.
U.S. Route 69 requests from KDOT
KDOT has submitted various requests to amend Connected KC 2050 related to the U.S. Route 69 project in Johnson County. Various phases of work are contemplated from 103rd St. to 179th St. Some of these phases are advancing towards construction in this decade while others are contemplated for 2040 and beyond.
Currently, the phasing, project costs and project limits as contemplated by KDOT do not align with how these projects are described in Connected KC 2050.
A total of five project amendment requests are proposed in order to align current phasing, scope and estimated costs with the project description in the long-range transportation plan.
Mini call for projects
MARC conducted a call for new and revised Connected KC 2050 projects in 2021.
This process aimed to identify any potential new projects and provide an opportunity to update and revise information for projects currently listed in the plan.
In total, 12 agencies submitted 29 new projects for consideration. In addition, two agencies submitted five requests for amendments to projects already included in the plan.
The outcomes of this process are described in tables 2-5 of the details of the amendment.
Amendment #4 to Connected KC 2050 adds travel lanes on:
- K-10 from the Douglas/Johnson county line east to the K-10 and I-435 interchange.
- I-35 from old U.S. 56 to 119th Street in Johnson County.
- I-49 from 155th Street to North Cass Parkway.
Since Connected KC 2050 was approved in June of 2020, significant federal and state activity related to funding of transportation systems has taken place. Federally, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) raised funding levels for surface transportation. In Kansas, a sales-tax supported transportation program — the Eisenhower (IKE) Legacy Transportation Program — was approved. In Missouri, the motor fuels tax will be gradually increased over multiple years to support increased investments in transportation projects.
Kansas Department of Transportation request
IKE, informed by KDOT’s local consult process, selects projects for advancement into development and construction on a rolling cycle. Two new regionally significant highway modernization and expansion projects were recently announced by KDOT for entry into the project development pipeline. The projects are adding lanes on K-10 from the Douglas/Johnson county line east to the K-10 and I-435 interchange and on I-35 from old U.S. 56 to 119th Street in Johnson County. This amendment seeks to add them to the long-range transportation plan.
Missouri Department of Transportation Request
In Missouri, MoDOT recently released an amendment the the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program that advances one project for scoping, design and construction. The project — I-49 capacity project from 155th St. to North Cass Parkway — is currently listed in Connected KC 2050 as a $34.2 million high priority illustrative construction project. This latest development requires amending Connected KC 2050 to move the project to the financially constrained project listing.
Amendment 5 proposes adding a project for local road improvements at Lexington Ave. & K-10 and amending the cost of project #1126: 119th Street extension from Woodland Road to Nelson Road.
The U.S. 69 expansion project seeks to address safety, travel time reliability and congestion issues in the corridor. Project elements include building one new express toll lane in each direction adjacent to the existing general-purpose lanes. The project is a medium priority financially constrained project in ConnectedKC 2050 with a cost of $375 million. However, bids submitted for project construction have exceeded project costs as currently described in the MTP. Current project costs are now anticipated to be $613 million, an increase of $238 million.
KDOT has submitted an amendment request to revise anticipated costs for this project from $375 to $613 million. The project scope for this project has not changed from how it is currently described in the plan.