Archive for Saturday, April 4, 1998

HIGHWAY CONCERNS

April 4, 1998

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To the editor:

Thanks, Journal-World for the timely and informative article on March 31 regarding the Kansas Department of Transportation's and Kansas Turnpike Authority's ``Kansas City to Topeka Corridor Study.''

As noted, beginning April 1998, HDR Engineering of Kansas City will look at all east-west highway routes in the corridor to analyze traffic flow and will make recommendations for the future in the fall of 1999. It is big bucks -- $1.28 million. The outcome will no doubt significantly impact the future of northeast Kansans.

The northernmost portion of the study along U.S. Highway 24/40 includes a new proposed four-lane highway, which would cut cross-country from Tonganoxie to near Perry, through Sarcoxie and Rural townships in southern Jefferson County. This specific route was proposed by and is being actively promoted by a group in Tonganoxie and Leavenworth County. It is a routing that a large number of citizens in Jefferson and adjacent counties do not believe is in the best interests of state tax payers or Jefferson county.

As a result of public concern, the Jefferson Task Force was formed in January of this year and is publishing a newsletter to help Jefferson County residents and Kansans stay informed on the progress of the ``Corridor Study.'' Additionally the JTF wants to provide input to KDOT/KTA/HDR Engineering through its membership and steering committee by promoting realistic and optimal recommendations.

Ron Renz, chair, Rt. 3,

Sarah Dean, vice chair,

1835 Republic Rd.

Jefferson Task Force.

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