The transportation corridor between Topeka and Kansas City, including interstate, federal and state highways, will be the topic of two public forums next week.
The meetings will be a chance for the public to air comments about long-range plans for highways including Interstate 435, Kansas Highway 7, K-10, U.S. Highway 24, U.S. Highway 40, I-70, I-335, U.S. Highway 75, U.S. Highway 59 and K-32.
The sessions will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DeSoto Senior High School, and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Perry American Legion.
The Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Turnpike Authority are conducting the study, which is being called the ``KAW Connects Major Corridor Study.''
Barry Rolle, project manager for HDR Engineering, the firm hired to conduct the study, said the meetings will include aerial photographs of the area, an overview of the purpose, goals and objectives of the study, the study process and the evaluation criteria that will be used.
Participants' input also will be used, he said.
``We believe participants will like the format because they won't have to sit in one place as much,'' he said. ``They will be given the opportunity to move about the meeting room to review presentation boards and discuss the project one-on-one with the consultant and with the sponsoring agency representatives.''
For more information, call (877) 529-2669, or check the Web site www.KAWConnects.com.