Shawnee to study traffic in city’s increasingly busy K-7 corridor

Traffic along K-7 Highway in western Shawnee at Johnson Drive.

Traffic is growing along Shawnee's K-7 corridor in the western part of the city. Above, K-7 at Johnson Drive, which will be included in an upcoming traffic study. File photo.

Because rapid growth along Kansas Highway 7 is causing a noticeable uptick in traffic, the Shawnee City Council has decided to commission a study of traffic patterns that could help them decide which roads need upgrades and when.

Driving the news: The city council voted unanimously last week to award a $77,580 contract to Olsson Associates of Overland Park to look at the seven-plus miles of the highway that runs from the northern county line to just south of West 83rd Street.