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Beginning this Friday (8/23) around 7:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday (8/26), eastbound and westbound 119th Street will be reduced to one lane for repairs to the 119th Street bridge over Old Kansas City Road. Lanes will be reduced eastbound 119th Street west of Renner Blvd. to I-35 and westbound 119th Street east of I-35 to the Old Kansas City Road ramp.
Mother Nature has finally cooperated, and 127th Street from Black Bob to Olathe East will be open to traffic one lane in each direction beginning August 20th. Please be aware that this is still a construction zone, and drivers are reminded to abide by posted speed limits and travel safely. Traffic officers will continue to be present at the access drive to Olathe East throughout the duration of this week.
The City of Olathe reminds drivers to slow down and use caution near schools as students return to the classroom this week.
Olathe Public Schools students in first through sixth grades and ninth graders start with a half day Wednesday, August 14. The first full day of school for all K-12 students starts Thursday.
Metal detecting enthusiasts “King George” Wyant (KG) and Tim “The Ringmaster” Saylor (Ringy) travel across the country uncovering lost pieces of American history on National Geographic Channel’s Diggers. So what brings them to Olathe? On a journey across Kansas, KG and Ringy visit Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm on a quest to uncover historical artifacts along the Santa Fe Trail.
Due to the inclement weather Olathe has experienced in recent weeks, construction on the 127th Street improvements has been delayed, and the street will not be open to traffic by the start of school on August 14th as originally expected.
Learn about the city’s growth and demographic trends in the annual City of Olathe Demographics and Development Report now available online.
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The Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation will host the first Duck Race to raise funds for recreation scholarships. The race will take place at Black Bob Bay on Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first place (2014 family pool season pass), second place (Chiefs tickets), slowest duck and a consolation duck draw.
The City of Olathe is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Teen Council. Teen Council is a fantastic opportunity for 9-12 grade students to serve their community, learn about local government, and take on leadership roles. For more information and to apply, visit: OlatheKS.org/CMO/TeenCouncil.
The City of Olathe will reduce pool operations beginning in August as follows:
Olathe City Manager Michael Wilkes discussed the current Olathe street funding challenge with the City Council on Tuesday and outlined why it should be addressed sooner rather than later. Wilkes said, “The bottom line is if we don’t begin funding our street maintenance at a significantly greater level, in 10 years or less our taxpayers will be paying at least 10 to 15 times what is needed today for streets.” “It is our responsibility to make sure we don’t create that major burden for ourselves and future tax payers if we can avoid it,” he said.