When the new West Side Highway is open in 2018, Kansas will be the fourth state to open the new highway and the first to have it open in two years.
The state is hoping to replace its existing Highway 495, which connects Kansas City, Missouri, to the rest of the state, with the new route.
Kansas plans to open up the highway between the Kansas City-Olathe border and Omaha, Nebraska.
There are no plans to add lanes to the existing highway.
“This will allow for a much smoother travel time, which will allow our customers to enjoy the benefits of the new interstate system in their region,” Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Tom Gentry said in a statement.
In addition to the new west side, Kansas plans to expand the highway from I-435 to I-45, but not to the I-44 or I-68 exits.
On Thursday, the state announced a $1.3 billion plan to build a bridge from I. 45 to I. 41, to link Kansas City to Omaha.
I-41 will be a one-lane highway, but the bridge would have two lanes in each direction.
If the bridge is built, it would have a total capacity of 2,000 cars. KLTV.com