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KDOT study focuses on K-10’s future

Lawrence to K.C. bus service, bike trails among department’s suggestions

June 15, 2005

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The Kansas Highway 10 of the future could have six to eight lanes, a 100-foot landscaped buffer on either side, bus service between Lawrence and Kansas City, and a pedestrian or bicycle trail along the sides.

That's the vision contained in a $450,000 study released Monday by the Kansas Department of Transportation. The study, undertaken late last year, aimed to identify needed improvements along the increasingly busy highway.

"We just see that corridor really urbanizing," said Maggie Thompson, a public involvement liaison for KDOT.

Just because something is included in the plan doesn't mean it will happen. It will be up to community leaders to work with KDOT and decide which projects actually get money.

Among the report's main findings:

¢ There should be more study of an interchange - a grade-separated exit with merging lanes - at Franklin Road on Lawrence's eastern edge. That's important to Lawrence, city manager Mike Wildgen said, because of the anticipated development of agricultural land southeast of K-10 and O'Connell Road.

"The more traffic goes up, you're going to have more trouble getting left turns in and out of those areas," he said

The question of whether the undeveloped land is used primarily for housing or for business came up at Tuesday's city commission meeting.

The plan also calls for the closure of the entrance to the East Hills Business Park - a site of repeat accidents in recent years - assuming improvements are made at the Franklin Road intersection.

¢ In Douglas County, the road should widen to six lanes, but it won't be necessary until 2030. The report recommends a faster timetable for widening Johnson County's stretch of the road and for the area east of Kansas Highway 7.

The road could widen one of two ways, the report says: by going to the inside and using a concrete safety barrier similar to what's seen on Interstate 70, or by widening to the outside, which could encroach on private property.

¢ Widening the road must be done with attention to "environmentally sensitive areas," including wetlands, flood plains, parks and hazardous-material sites.

The report does not, however, make any recommendations about the proposed South Lawrence Trafficway, which now ends south of Lawrence at U.S. Highway 59 and doesn't connect to K-10. But the report assumes there will eventually be a "highway to highway" connection that goes around Lawrence - either a connection to the trafficway or to I-70 to the north.

¢ There should be a 100-foot buffer at the side of the road to minimize noise between the highway and future developments and to provide space for a possible pedestrian and bicycle trail.

¢ There should be further study of the idea of bus service along K-10, which the report says could be used daily by up to 500 students and commuters. The report recommends starting a pilot program.

A copy of the report is available at www.ksdot.org/projects.asp. For information on getting the report in an alternative format, contact the Bureau of Transportation Information, 700 SW Harrison St., 2nd Fl West, Topeka KS 66603-3754 or phone at (785) 296-3585 (Voice) (TTY).

Comments

ryanjasondesch 8 years, 10 months ago

I saw a guy driving down 23rd with a "No Trafficway, Yes Wetlands" sticker on his car. Go drive on another road if you've got that opinion buddy! Traffic is getting out of control here, fast. BUILD THE DAMN SLT!!!!! Build it right through those damn wetlands. I understand the Native populations got shafted, but just because you're an "Indian" doesn't make everything you own or do "sacred". I mean 31st already goes through em, SCREW the Wetlands, I say "YES TRAFFICWAY!"

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offtotheright 8 years, 10 months ago

I am also on K-10 heading West 3 days a week at rush hour. People are ignorant, they pull out of there, and push their way into the lane while driving 30 mph! There have been times that I wanted to ram a few of those idiots.

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Jay_Z 8 years, 10 months ago

LD, I agree. I take K-10 everyday and on my way home some jackass is always flying out of the east hills park to go west on K-10, without evening looking at the oncoming traffic, despite the fact it's rush hour!!

Hell of a study for $450K...Jesus H.

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offtotheright 8 years, 10 months ago

I swear, more and more money is wasted on 'a study to...'

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christie 8 years, 10 months ago

They spent $450,000 on that? I'd have done that for $450.00

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consumer1 8 years, 10 months ago

"The times, they are a changing" Okay, we know this is going to happen. Let's do it smart this time. instead of building another 23rd street. Let's look at what works. 435 just west of Olathe has exactly this type of scenerio and it moves traffic wonderfully. PLEASE don't screw this up by planning on curb cuts so McDonals can have access, then sears, then burgerking, etc, etc, I believe our planners pander to private industry to the detriment of the rest of us. So, If we do this please please please make it work for the population not the tax reduced, low wage paying private industry like we normally do.

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lunacydetector 8 years, 10 months ago

what the state needs to do is put in a stop sign for the east hills business park people. i always see some yahoo blowing through the intersection (coming from east hills onto west bound K-10). it's quite alarming when you see some dude in an old Geo Metro almost get it on two wheels as he takes a right (without stopping) and tries to accelerate up to speed. eureka! they need to put in a stop sign for the east hills folks and a much longer acceleration lane. that would stop people from getting killed at that intersection.

of course, there is always the "roundabout" idea. they are supposedly safer, you know.

the state is talking about a pilot bus program? more taxpayer dollars going to waste. just look at the "M-T" bus. what is the ridership per day on that dog, 100?

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