Archive for Wednesday, December 29, 1999

Commissioners taking steps to correct erroneous map

December 29, 1999

It appears that a problem with a proposal for state highway funds is on the road to being corrected.

Leavenworth County commissioners on Thursday instructed a Kansas City, Mo., engineering firm to correct a map that the county had included in a recent application for state money.

The county's Dec. 15 application to the state contained a map that called for a four-lane U.S. Highway 24-40 that bypassed Tonganoxie, then generally followed the existing 24-40 route to Lawrence and then to Perry.

But county commissioners and Tonganoxie officials support a more direct route to Perry. And they were surprised to learn that the application contained the erroneous map.

The application for funding was one of 143 proposals totalling $5 billion that were forwarded to the state by cities and counties.

Bob Adams, who chairs the Leavenworth County Commission, said Tuesday that the situation is aggravating. He's not sure how the mistake was made. But commissioners last week took the first step toward correcting it.

"We told the firm to redraw the map, the most direct route, not a southwest route, but a westerly route, from Tonganoxie west, the most direct as possible," Adams said. "I'm not sure of the timeline, but it would seem like within a week or so they should have it."

Adams said he's not in the mood to pay the additional $1,500 that Bucher, Willis and Ratliff engineering firm wants to charge Leavenworth County for the new drawing.

"We'll review it with them and have a little discussion," he said. "Maybe there's some negotiation. That will be a point of discussion."

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