Olathe rail road crossing

Should Olathe Remove Railroad Crossings on the Westside?

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Imagine this – you’re running late for work, stuck at yet another railroad crossing on Olathe’s west side. 😩 Those pesky trains keep rolling through, making you miss meeting after meeting. Sound familiar?

Well, friends, those frustrating days could soon be a thing of the past! 🙌 Olathe is cooking up some brilliant plans to tackle this long-standing issue once and for all. Buckle up because things are about to get interesting!

First up, let’s talk money. 💰

In 2023, Olathe hit the jackpot with a massive $17.9 million federal grant. Ka-ching! This cash influx will help eliminate one of those notorious crossings and construct a shiny new road overpass. Can you picture it? Smooth sailing without those pesky train delays! 🚘💨

Olathe’s Capital Improvement Plan

But wait, there’s more! The city’s 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan is a real game-changer. 🎮 It outlines projects to establish “quiet zones” at crossings like Dennis Ave, 151st Terr., and 159th St. Sayonara, ear-splitting train horns! Hello, peaceful neighborhoods. 😌

Not everyone supports the potential closure of the Woodland Road crossing. Some residents would prefer improvements to that intersection. 🤔 But fear not—Olathe is exploring alternatives like widening and lowering the Spruce Street underpass. We have to keep those options open, right?

At the end of the day, one thing’s crystal clear: Do you think Olathe should spend time and money resources to remove the crossings? Olathe is determined to make those western railroad crossings a breeze. 💪 With federal funding, innovative solutions, and community input, they’re crafting a master plan that promises a future of smooth movement. No more train-induced tardiness or road rage!

Better days could be on the horizon if you are for removing those western railroad crossings. Just imagine – a world where you’ll never be able to blame the railroad crossing for being late to work or a school function. If you have lived in Olathe long, you probably have heard this many times. This time, though, it probably is true due to Olathe’s commitment. Now, that’s something to get excited about, isn’t it? 🎉

Written by the Dowell Family Team of ReeceNichols Real Estate

Update: Per city council minutes the Olathe City Council voted to not accept the grant and will keep Woodland open.

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