Overland Park council signals early support for idea of ‘road diet’ on College Blvd.

Overland Park officials say a “road diet” on College Boulevard would help increase pedestrian access in the area around the convention center.

A lane reduction appears in the cards for a one-mile section of College Boulevard as part of a plan to make the Overland Park corridor a more attractive destination for convention center visitors and nearby office workers.

The city council Monday night gave a favorable nod toward a road diet that would turn the road’s six lanes between Metcalf and Nall Avenues into four and reduce the speed limit to 40 miles per hour from 45.