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New turnpike interchange gets go-ahead

Decision ‘lousy’ for Lawrence, Schauner says

February 25, 2006

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The Kansas Turnpike Authority has agreed to build a new interchange about eight miles east of Lawrence between Tonganoxie and Eudora.

The news delighted officials in Leavenworth County but drew concern from some in Lawrence.

"I think it is a lousy decision for Lawrence," Lawrence City Commissioner David Schauner said. "It will hurt our long-term growth prospects. I think it is great for Johnson County but not good for Lawrence."

Schauner said he had hoped the turnpike authority would place an interchange closer to Lawrence that could be a terminus for an eastern bypass project to help move Lawrence traffic around the outskirts of the city.

Turnpike leaders announced Friday that a financial analysis had shown a new $3 million interchange about three miles south of Tonganoxie would be financially feasible. The project also will include about $8 million worth of improvements to Leavenworth County 1, a linking route to the interchange, that will be funded by a Leavenworth County sales tax.

Tonganoxie leaders hailed the news.

"I'm pretty overwhelmed with the decision," said Michael Yanez, Tonganoxie's city administrator. "I'm looking forward to what happens next. I think a lot has been on hold in terms of economic development until this decision is made.

"This really is going to fuel a lot of new growth in our area."

Turnpike leaders have estimated the interchange could be operational in three years.

The proposed location - about eight miles east and north of Lawrence - also is creating traffic questions for Eudora. Leavenworth County 1 continues south of the turnpike and eventually becomes Douglas County Route 1061, which goes through downtown Eudora.

The turnpike authority doesn't have estimates of how many motorists might use the new interchange to go south through Eudora to connect to Kansas Highway 10, but it is expected to be a sizable number.

"It is going to be a great thing," said Eudora Mayor Tom Pyle. "It will bring more traffic, but that isn't all bad."

Pyle said more motorists could provide a boost to businesses such as gas stations, restaurants and retail shops. He also said the new convenient turnpike access could spur more housing and business growth for Eudora.

But Pyle said the thought of hundreds of trucks going through downtown Eudora was a concern. He said that's why planning needs to begin now on a new road to run traffic along the edge of Eudora, preferably to the west.

A new road, though, likely would require a new Kansas River bridge, which would cost tens of millions of dollars. The project would create a lot of "interesting questions" about who should pay for it, Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones said.

"But I think there will be an enormous amount of pressure to do it," Jones said.

There also has been speculation Johnson County leaders may push to have a road built east of Eudora crossing the river near De Soto and providing access for development at the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

Comments

Multidisciplinary 8 years, 1 month ago

I'm wondering it there will be a future Our Home Town 25 yrs ago..talking about this, and we will all still be discussing how plans for finishing the SLT were completely abandoned in 2013 or something like that, due to road deterioration/poor original planning/etc.

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pt 8 years, 1 month ago

Of course the Eudora Mayor is all for it...he owns a beef jerky business right in downtown Eudora...he stands to gain substantially from this traffic increase. Nevermind the fact the school buses and tons of housing will be threatened by such an increase. Eudora was never built for heavy traffic, and unless they are willing to majorily revamp the Eudoran rodes I can't see it as anything other than a disaster area.

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Marion Lynn 8 years, 1 month ago

tpatric:

I would suggest that you do a web search on the tacitcs of the "Smart Gwothers" but I suspect that you are one of them and therefore quite familiar with the plans.

Thanks.

Marion.

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tpatric 8 years, 1 month ago

Marion, sometimes you make some very valid, intelligent observations, but then you do a rant that negates those observations. Go have a smoke.

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Marion Lynn 8 years, 1 month ago

The problem that Shauner has is that the No Growth agenda of the "Progressives"(Read: "Smart Growthers") the "Progesssives" conspire to cover up the impediments to growth with such things as ALLOWING the serwer system to get into bad shape and they KNEW IT; they were told by the PERIDIAN GROUP at a commission meeting TWO YEARS AGO, in such a manner that the attempts are not obvious.

They want to move SLOWLY so that the public, like the frog in the pan, does not notice that things are heating up.

They have neglected the infrastructure too long and it is now beginning to crumble around them and they are now EXPOSED!

They want it done in the DARK, very much as the new building and developement codes have been enacted; David Dunfield said that the codes were too difficult for the COMISSIONERS TO UNDERSTAND, much less the CITIZENS!

The "Progressives" can only function in an atmosphere of IGNORANCE!

The snowballing collapses are ruining that plan.

The Reign Of Terror of the "Progessives" must be brought to an end!

All hail the KOMMISSARIAT!

Thanks.

Marion.

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tpatric 8 years, 1 month ago

"It will hurt our long-term growth prospects".

And this is a bad thing because...?

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topflight 8 years, 1 month ago

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yourworstnightmare 8 years, 1 month ago

I can't believe tht no one has brought this up.

Make the new interchange a roundabout!

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Marion Lynn 8 years, 1 month ago

laughingatallofu:

You are correct about the smokes and I am the first one to admit it!

I advocate for removal of the smoking ban but do not advocate for people to smoke and there is no real conflict there as the two are entirely different issues.

By the way, "Turin" is the Anglicised name for "Torino"; the Italian city famed for its auto designers and immortalised in the name FIAT; Fabbriccce Italiani Automobili de Torino.

Doesn't mean that FIATs run any better than they used to but its cool.

The sound produced by the exhaust of FIATs has been described in terms which are now considered to be an ethnic slur so I can't tell you here!

;)

I'm actually working on quitting having bought patches, gum and tranquilisers!

Thanks.

Marion.

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laughingatallofu 8 years, 1 month ago

Hey Marion(i),

Since when did you get the Olympic spirit? (Turin--->Turino). If I were you, I'd stop smoking those cancer butts that you stick between your lips. But I'm not you, so I doubt that it'll do much good. Just don't throw one of those things out of the window while you're driving. Or if you do, extinguish it in your coffee. Your mouth won't know the difference anyhow. There's a fire hazard out there. OK?

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from_kansasland 8 years, 1 month ago

dthroat..........I agree with you! KTA probably viewed any ideas/possiblities about a turnpike interchange in Lawrence as just a great, big pain in the arse!

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Marion Lynn 8 years, 1 month ago

All Hail the "Progressive" Kommissariat!

A job well done!

Thanks.

Marion.

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dthroat 8 years, 1 month ago

Think maybe the KTA knows that nothing like this would get done in/around Lawrence without years of lawsuits and protests. And how was it supposed to connect to the by-pass when we can't even get it done.

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spikey_mcmarbles 8 years, 1 month ago

"I think it is a lousy decision for Lawrence," Lawrence City Commissioner David Schauner said. "It will hurt our long-term growth prospects. I think it is great for Johnson County but not good for Lawrence."

The KTA agreed to expand the turnpike to three lanes each way from the Lecompton interchange to Topeka to handle the increased traffic; what is that, chopped kibble?

The KTA is in the business of making money, and they aren't going to sit on their hands forever while waiting for Lawrence to get the SLT finished. Perhaps this new interchange will light a fire under the commission to quit messing around and get some business done.

Marion wrote: You have a dangerously empowered City Manager.

Wilgen is a kitten compared to his deputy, Debbie Van Saun. We'll all be wishing for Mike to come back after Debbie gets her hands on the reins.

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Marion Lynn 8 years, 1 month ago

"MarionI"?

Oh......I need more coffee.

Bye for now.

Thanks.

Marion.

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offtotheright 8 years, 1 month ago

Funny how this idea came up, and it's already passed and approved!

Shauner should 'take note' on how to get things done!

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Marion Lynn 8 years, 1 month ago

Toganoxie is merely taking advantage of the business unfriendly attitude of Lawrence, which is now wellknown nation wide.

We have no SLT, run off employers like American Eagle, impose meaningless entitlements like "living wage" laws, tax the daylights out of property owners, impose economically damaging smoking bans, impose ridiculous food requiremtns for drinnking establishments, discourage the Dowtown from developing as it could bes; as an entertainment district....

...hey, you wanted the "Progressives" and now you've got them!

Feels goooooooodddddddddddddd, doesn't it?

You have a clogging Kommissioner, an ethically challenged attorney for a labour union as a Kommissioner, another attorney who acts as an information officer for the state and who muswt be told by city Codes to get the graffitti off of his garage, a stealth Sister Progressive on the Kommission and only one guy who makes sense.

You have a dangerously empowered City Manager.

You have an infrastructure which is falling to bits; i.e,; streets, sewers and water supply.

You have a golf course which costs the taxpayers hundreds of thousands each year so that the golf guys can dress up and have a regualr Easter Parade of their new outfits.

You have unnecessary and overly expensive roundabouts and traffic calming devices proliferating....

Whoppee, we're all gonna die!

The "Progressives" will soon have their beautiful city emulating the 1910s....problem is that it will be empty.

Thanks.

Marioni.

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sean 8 years, 1 month ago

Anyone who seriously believes that there will be enough cheap energy in the future to accomodate JoCo-style growth in these areas needs their head examined.

This is just another waste of resources, at a time when we desperately need to start thinking about moving away from car-dependent sprawl.

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macon47 8 years, 1 month ago

Shauner is just whining cause he didnt get to form a committee to analyze the impact of the interchange for two years. Then HIRE some high priced consulant wanna bes to tell us everything we already know. thats the way we do it here at home

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Marion Lynn 8 years, 1 month ago

Shauner concerned about "our long term growth prospects"?

Sorry folks, I just woke up and have not yet finished my first cup of coffee and have had only one cigarette but.....

BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Thanks.

Marion.

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mcoan 8 years, 1 month ago

More sprawl, and more losses of some of the best farmland in America. Par for the course. But we MUST continue our march towards Megopolis, a gigantic, unplanned, sprawling city stretching from KCMO to Topeka.

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Steve Jacob 8 years, 1 month ago

Not getting it closer to Lawrence really going to hurt us? Not really, and it will really help Tonganoxie and Eudora.

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Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

The 1057 K-10 interchange just east of Eudora would be a smart choice for connecting K-10 to the Tonganoxie I 70 interchange.

This would provide service for Topeka, JOCO and Douglas County and divert much traffic around Lawrence. Drivers will be able to enter/exit at all 3 Lawrence/LeCompton interchanges. All that is required is a bridge crossing the river which is a project that will happen sooner or later. Why not sooner? Leavenworth,Douglas, JOCO and Jefferson could split the cost as all would benefit.

The one major negative to this plan is a farm that's been in the family for about 100 years. Developers should pay at least $1 million for this property.

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