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President's Message

June 2024

From the Business Perspective Newsletter

Support businesses during road and street closures

Orange barrels on our streets seem to pop up faster than dandelions in a field.

While we all hate the short-term inconvenience of lane closures and traffic shifts, we will ultimately enjoy the long-term benefits of more efficient traffic flow as we make our daily trips.

For most of us, these temporary changes are just that—an inconvenience. However, the disruption is more impactful for businesses and residents near the reconstruction, especially smaller businesses.
The upcoming work affecting east and westbound 119th traffic on U.S. 69 highway is a case in point. Even with the planned detours, which will provide continual access to merchants in the area, the business owners in the Highland Plaza shopping area at the NW corner of 119th Street and U.S. 69 are rightfully concerned.

At a recent meeting with business owners at Highland Plaza, Overland Park Chamber staff, city staff, and project managers from the construction team were moved by the business owners’ concern. Their stories, though personal and difficult, were also a testament to their resilience and determination.

Progress isn’t always easy—sometimes, it’s downright hard. Progress takes on many forms in a growing and vibrant city like Overland Park. Often, that progress involves road construction.

This is an opportunity for us to unite as a community and rally behind the businesses in the area. They’ve been our neighbors, ready to serve us, and now it’s our turn to support them. Make a concerted effort to follow the detour and enjoy their products and services, or maybe double up your order the next time you go in. However you choose to show your support, the businesses will appreciate it.

No matter where you are in our city, as you navigate the cones, be safe and take an extra moment to support the businesses that help make Overland Park great!

To learn more about planned closures and detours that will allow you to safely access area businesses, visit the 69Express website and sign up for informative text alerts.

Oltjen-Tracey for column

written by

Tracey Osborne Oltjen, CCE, IOM

President & CEO