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WORK STARTS

November 3, 1998

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The K-10 Assn. is moving a step closer to putting its mark on Kansas Highway 10.

"They're going to be built," Rich Caplan, executive director of the association said of long-planned signs to mark Lawrence and Lenexa as the gateways to "America's Smart Corridor."

Ground breaking ceremonies are set for Friday to get the project started.

Introduced almost two years ago, the idea for the monument-style signs is to help establish the stretch from Lawrence into Kansas City as the place for high-tech business development. Eventually, three other signs will be added.

In Lawrence, the 10-foot by 30-foot sign will be built south of the intersection of Interstate Highway 70 and the South Lawrence Trafficway, about two miles northwest of the city limits.

The ceremony there is set for 3 p.m. A ground breaking at the east end of the route will be at 1:30 p.m.

"The monument signs will serve a wide range of purposes, including informing daily motorists as well as visitors from outside the region that they are driving along America's Smart Corridor," said Joan Bowman, Lenexa mayor and president of the association.

The signs, which include native stone and other materials, are being erected with more than $200,000 in services and contributions from 25 businesses, educational and local governments. Caplan said they would be built over the next few months, and the final wording on the signs is still being finalized.

-- Richard Brack's phone message number is 832-7194. His e-mail address is rbrack@ljworld.com.

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