Four intersections closed in Olathe while crews replace railroad ties and gravel under tracks

OLATHE, Kan. -- Getting to work in downtown Olathe could be a bit of a challenge Thursday morning as work begins on some railroad tracks, forcing crews to shut down four intersections.

The railroad construction will cut off downtown access for all of you driving in from the south.

Harrison Street, Kansas Avenue, Elm Street and Dennis Street will all shut down right where they intersect with the railroad tracks. Starting at 5 a.m., Burlington Northern Santa Fe will begin working on the tracks.

Crews will be using 40 different types of machinery to remove and replace railroad ties along with the gravel underneath the tracks.

It’s such an extensive project that BNSF officials decided to close all the intersections down at the same time to get the work done as quickly as possible.

Harrison Street here will reopen Thursday 9 p.m., but the other three intersections will remain closed until Saturday at 9 p.m.

Unless you want to use side streets to get around it, the best way to get downtown from the south would be to get on I-35 north and get off on Santa Fe to head into downtown.