Overland Park approves adding toll lanes to U.S. Highway 69 — what happens next

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The Overland Park City Council voted 10-2 on Monday to approve a joint proposal with the Kansas Department of Transportation to build express toll lanes going both directions on a busy stretch of U.S. 69 Highway south of 103rd Street. The plan must now be approved by the Kansas Turnpike Authority and State Finance Council. File photo.

The Overland Park City Council on Monday night approved adding toll lanes to U.S. Highway 69, in a move aimed at easing congestion south of 103rd Street. 

Why it matters: City leaders say expanding U.S. 69 is long overdue. The highway serves as a major artery for residents in Overland Park’s growing southern half. But it’s also increasingly congested, creating daily headaches for commuters.