Some bumpy times still ahead before local roadwork completed; more Mission Road work starts today

Drivers on Mission Road in Fairway have had to navigate rough patches over earlier waterline construction.
Drivers on Mission Road in Fairway have had to navigate rough patches over earlier waterline construction.

Mission Road through Fairway is going to get bumpier before it’s better as the city prepares for the final phase of a public works project that’s been under way since early spring.

Weather permitting, work crews will begin milling the road surface from 63rd Street to Shawnee Mission Parkway today with paving expected to begin the week following Labor Day, Fairway Public Works Director Bill Stogsdill said Wednesday.

Much of Mission Road was closed for months beginning in early spring for water line work, and after it reopened drivers encountered rough stretches where the construction sites were patched.

In addition to the section of Mission Road, milling and repaving will occur during the same period on several other roads in Fairway:

  • Cherokee Circle, from Mission to the cul de sac.
  • Chadwick, from Shawnee Mission Parkway to State Park Road.
  • 57th Terrace, from Howe to the cul de sac.
  • Falmouth Place, from Shawnee Mission Parkway to 53rd Street.
  • Pawnee Lane, from Shawnee Mission Parkway to 53rd Street.
  • Alhambra, from 59th Street to 60th Street.
Work on 63rd Street through Mission Hills remains on track for a Nov. 1 completion.
Work on 63rd Street through Mission Hills remains on track for a Nov. 1 completion.

In Mission Hills, work continues on the important crosstown stretch of 63rd Street between Mission Road and State Line Road.

City Administrator Courtney Christensen said the project, which has closed the street for much of the year, is still on track for completion Nov. 1.

While through traffic is barred, local drivers can cross 63rd street at all intersections, and Christensen said the road itself is expected to be open to local traffic in mid-October.

“It’s our expectation that when the bridge deck is done, we’ll open 63rd Street to local traffic but not through traffic,” she said.

Redesign work on Mission Road in Prairie Village completed except streetscape improvements.
Redesign work on Mission Road in Prairie Village is completed except streetscape improvements.

Finally, Prairie Village is in the final touches of completing the Mission Road redesign project between 71st and 75th Streets. The road was narrowed to three lanes and the sidewalks widened.

Public Works Director Keith Bredehoeft said the lion’s share of the job is completed, the sidewalk is open and only aesthetic work remains, including lights, benches, trees and other landscaping.

Mike Riley, principal at St. Ann Catholic School, said the sidewalk widening project has been great for his students — and the neighborhood. He also lives nearby.

“It’s really a terrific improvement for the whole Prairie Village community,” he said. “It’s tremendously safer and we see students walking to the Village shopping center, families loving it and the whole community loving it.”