Tunnel construction under Santa Fe in downtown Olathe begins Tuesday

Johnson County officials says drivers in the area will encounter a detour route during the project.

OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -- About eight weeks of construction will begin Tuesday for a tunnel construction project under Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe.

Johnson County officials says drivers in the area will encounter a detour route during the project.

Currently, an underground tunnel runs from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Central Booking Facility to the Johnson County Courthouse.

This project will create a branch off the existing tunnel leading to the new courthouse, currently under construction on the northeast corner of Santa Fe and Kansas Avenue.

The tunnel is used to securely transport inmates.

The impacted area will be on Santa Fe between Chestnut Street and Kansas Avenue.

Barricades will go up Monday to close the streets.

The project should be complete and roads should be back open on April 18.

To stay up-to-date on this project visit www.jocogov.org/courthousetunnel.

The tunnel is being constructed as a part of the new courthouse project which is funded by a quarter-cent public safety sales tax voters approved in November 2016.

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