Johnson Drive construction through downtown Mission begins Monday — Here’s what’s happening

Johnson Drive updates in Mission

A Johnson Drive construction project in Mission and Roeland Park kicks off today, July 11. Above, a sign about the project near Roe Avenue. Photo credit Juliana Garcia

A stretch of Johnson Drive in Roeland Park and Mission is about to undergo a major facelift.

Why it matters: The two cities are partnering on a rehabilitation project from Roe to Lamar Avenues, which kicks off Monday, July 11.

  • The month-long construction project is going to take place along one of the main thoroughfares in northeast Johnson County and a stretch of road that also encompasses the heart of downtown Mission.

Background: In January, Mission approved an agreement with Johnson County, through its County Assistance Road System program, for a $1.35 million rehab project on Johnson Drive.

  • This is part of the city’s efforts to reduce this stretch of Johnson Drive from four to three lanes.
  • The lane reductions, or road diet, are intended to slow down traffic and improve pedestrian safety, although there are already speed tables and a 25-mile-per-hour speed limit on that part of Johnson Drive.

Key details: Once complete, Johnson Drive in this area will be three lanes. The project will also include:

  • asphalt resurfacing,
  • pavement and median repairs,
  • sidewalk and parking improvements and
  • curb and gutter replacements where needed.

The timeline: Concrete removal on the south side of Johnson Drive begins on Monday, July 11, with complete removal and replacement on the same side over the next four days, according to a July 6 Roeland Park city newsletter.

  • Concrete removal on the north side of the street begins onMonday, July 18, with replacement continuing until July 22. This will go as far as Roeland Drive.
  • Removal and replacement of concrete on the north side of the street from Roeland Drive to the eastern end of the project will take place from July 18 to July 25.
  • On Aug. 1, asphalt repairs in Roeland Park on the north side of Johnson Drive will be completed.
  • A week later, surfacing will be completed.
  • By Aug. 15, construction will be completed on Johnson Drive with some final work on the road’s surface to continue through Aug. 22, according to city officials.