A smoother ride is ahead on 75th Street in Johnson County

06/25/2014 8:36 PM

06/25/2014 10:08 PM

The problem

The road of life can be rough enough, so why not avoid literal bumps in the pavement?

That’s a tall order, however, when Lenexa resident Dan Straka drives on 75th Street over Interstate 35. He characterizes this stretch, where Overland Park and Merriam meet, as the definition of a “washboard road.”

Reconstruction, in his opinion, is way past due.

The answer

The handsome hound is happy to report that the dog days of summer will bring positive change.

Just this month, the Overland Park and Merriam city councils said yes to a plan to fix this section of road. Funding will come from those two cities as well as Shawnee and the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The construction, between East Frontage and Switzer roads, is to cost nearly $5.4 million. Work could start soon after the Fourth of July holiday, according to Merriam’s website.

The Watchdog shares this piece of Internet trivia about the dog days of summer: They are so named because ancient astronomers associated the hottest part of the summer with the bright star Sirius, aka “the dog star.”

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