About eight weeks of construction will begin Feb. 12 for a tunnel construction project under Santa Fe St. in downtown Olathe. Drivers in the area will encounter a detour route during the project.
Currently, an underground tunnel runs from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Central Booking Facility (101 N. Kansas Avenue) to the Johnson County Courthouse (100 N. Kansas Avenue). This project will create a branch off the existing tunnel leading to the new courthouse, currently under construction on the northeast corner of Santa Fe and Kansas Avenue. The tunnel is used to securely transport inmates.
The impacted area will be on Santa Fe between Chestnut Street and Kansas Avenue. Barricades will close sections of Santa Fe to through traffic at the following locations:
Detours in the area will route eastbound traffic on Santa Fe south on Kansas Avenue, east on Loula Street and north on Chestnut Street back to Santa Fe. The detour route for westbound traffic on Santa Fe will take drivers south on Chestnut Street, west on Loula Street and north on Kansas Avenue back to Santa Fe.
The following traffic will be impacted: (please see accompanying map)
Road closure signs will be posted on Feb. 4. Barricades will go up on Feb. 11 to close the streets and work will begin on Feb. 12 (weather permitting.) The project should be complete and roads should be back open on April 18. To stay up-to-date on this project please visit www.jocogov.org/courthousetunnel.
The tunnel is being constructed as a part of the new courthouse project which is funded by a quarter cent public safety sales tax voters approved in November 2016.