Archive for Wednesday, March 28, 2007

U.S. 24-40 group to discuss findings

March 28, 2007

After several months of surveys and meetings, organizers of the U.S. Highway 24-40 corridor study are ready to show off their findings.

An open house is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Basehor-Linwood High School gymnasium, 2108 N. 155th St.

Members of the project team will be present to discuss comments and concerns individually with those in attendance.

The open house will showcase findings from meetings conducted the past year and a random survey of southern Leavenworth County residents.

The group's planning firm, Bucher, Willis and Ratliff, will then take that feedback and apply it to the study, which should be completed later this spring.

Officials with the firm have said they're hoping for a strong turnout for the open house, as input from the open house is imperative in completing the project.

The study is a cooperative effort among the Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas Department of Transportation, Leavenworth County and the cities of Tonganoxie and Basehor.

It is hoped the study, when completed, will guide local governments with recommendations on how to preserve high-speed travel along the corridor without hindering development.

The study area includes about a 13-mile stretch of U.S. 24-40, from Kansas Highway 7 west to the county Road 1 intersection, just south of Tonganoxie. The study also includes the area one mile north and one mile south of the highway along that stretch.

When completed, the study is expected to cost from $200,000 to $250,000, with KDOT set to pay nearly two-thirds of the final bill. MARC will contribute $20,000, while the remaining costs will be split among Leavenworth County, Tonganoxie and Basehor.

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