KDOT to provide U.S. 69 expansion project updates at virtual public meeting tonight

The Kansas Department of Transportation, along with the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the city of Overland Park, will hold a virtual public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, to update the public on the U.S. 69 expansion project.

Initiated last fall, the project is studying how best to reduce congestion along U.S. 69 between 103rd and 179th streets, according to officials. This project is in Johnson County.

At the virtual public meeting, project team members will discuss the alternatives considered so far including improving transit, increasing technology and using other strategies.

They also will explain why adding capacity – either non-tolled, general-purpose lanes or express toll lanes – best meet the project’s purpose and need based on the study team’s analysis. After the presentation, attendees may submit comments and questions.

To join the live virtual meeting, members of the public may visit the project website, www.69express.org, and follow links at the time of the event.

In addition to the virtual public meeting, a virtual open house will be available on www.69express.org from April 16 to 30.

A link on the home page – www.69express.org/public-information-meetings/ – will direct people to the virtual open house, where they can view project materials. Participants also can ask questions and provide comments through an online form that goes directly to the project team. The open house will provide the same information covered in the live public meeting.

Results from a survey and focus groups conducted in early 2021, as well as a comparison of the impacts of the tolled and non-tolled alternatives and next steps in the project schedule, will be available.

Anyone who requires special assistance or accommodations to attend the meeting or open house, would like printed copies of the meeting materials or needs more information, contact Kelsey Heavin at (816) 527-2468 or info@69express.org.

The U.S. 69 corridor is the busiest four-lane highway in Kansas, with heavy congestion during rush hours and at other times. Previous studies indicate that U.S. 69 congestion will increase significantly in the future as Overland Park grows to the south, with peak travel times projected to triple by 2040.

Project updates by clicking the News link on the website home page, following the project’s Facebook and Twitter pages and subscribing to the Project’s electronic newsletter. The Feedback section of the website also provides a link to a comment form.

Free haircuts offered for kids April 25

The Jegna Klub will offer free haircuts, with hot food, food boxes, gently used shoes, clothes and giveaways from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at 221 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

The event is for up to 150 kindergarten through 12th grade students, according to Moses Wyatt Jr., founder of the Jegna Klub. There will be social distancing and masks required at the event.

The One Touch Maintenance Office at 221 N. 18th St., will be the host of the event. Licensed barbers will give the haircuts.

“We want to be the change we wish to see in our community,” Wyatt said.

Time spent building g positive relationships will youth will show them that people understand, care and are here for them, according to Wyatt. It will help motivate them to achieve. When a child feels good about his or her appearance and grooming, it boosts their self-esteem, which in turn has a uniquely positive effect on the development and educational success of a child, according to Wyatt.

Participating barbershops include Tino’s Chop Shop, Purple Label, the Crown Suite and Unlimited Trends.

Community partners in the event include One Touch Building Maintenance, Dotte Mobile Grocer, WAW Trucking Solutions, Open Arms, Newt’s Unique Kitchen, R&R Paseo Grill, Premium Waters, P.R.I.D.E., BPOA, Taste of Flavor, Helping Hands and Bridge of Hope.

The previous two Jegna Klub haircutting events provided 175 haircuts, 250 hot meals, 175 sandwiches and chips, 238 pairs of shoes, 147 pairs of socks, 459 articles of clothing, 45 food boxes and 172 food baskets, according to Wyatt.

For more information on the event, call 913-721-6570.

BPU schedules charity golf tournament Sept. 11

The BPU Employees Charity Golf Corp. will hold its annual charity golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Dub’s Dread Golf Course, Kansas City, Kansas.

BPU employees hold the annual golf event, which so far has raised more than $639,000 for children’s charities in Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County.

The 2021 tournament kicks off with registration and a continental breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The team entry fee is $500, which includes greens fees, cart, a continental breakfast, refreshments on the course and an awards dinner with prizes after ther tournament.

For details, contact CharityGolf.Corp@bpu.com. The deadline for player registration is Aug. 23.

There are opportunities for individuals and companies to contribute or donate to the charity event, including corporate sponsorships at various levels, in-kind donations of gift certificates, golf balls, tees and other items for use in player goodie bags. The registration form is at https://www.bpu.com/Portals/0/2021%20BPU%20Charity%20Golf%20Entry%20Sponsor%20Forms.pdf.

The 2020 tournament was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2019 tournament was able to raise more than $57,000 for the KC Blind All Stars, Giving the Basics and Young Women on the Move.

For additional information, contact a member of the BPU employees Charity Golf Corp. Board of Directors, listed on the link above, or David Mehlhaff at 913-573-9173.

The BPU also is seeking applications for consideration as a beneficiary to receive proceeds from this year’s event.

The BPU Employees Charity Golf Corp, a not-for-profit organization, sponsors and holds the annual golf tournament to benefit area children’s charities and youth in Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County.