Archive for Sunday, January 20, 2013

Eudora submitting bid for pedestrian walkway over K-10

January 20, 2013


An example provided by Eudora officials of a proposed pedestrian bridge over Kansas Highway 10.

An example provided by Eudora officials of a proposed pedestrian bridge over Kansas Highway 10.

If all goes as Eudora officials hope, a pedestrian walkway over Kansas Highway 10 will connect the south and north parts of the city within two years.

"It's a huge deal," said John Harrenstein, city administrator, of the proposed project.

Eudora will submit a grant proposal next month to the Kansas Department of Transportation for the funds to build the $1.8 million bridge. Eudora, however, will be responsible for funding $470,000 of the project, which will most likely be financed using bond refunds and reserve funds, Harrenstein said.

The need for the bridge has been a hot topic in Eudora for years. Currently, those looking to cross K-10 must walk or bike on the gravel shoulder of Church Street. But that's a dangerous trek for pedestrians and presents a "huge gap in the quality of life in Eudora," Harrenstein said.

The proposed bridge would be built just west of the Church Street exit in Eudora, starting near Elm Street on the north, going over K-10, and connect near the Eudora Animal Hospital on the south.

Harrenstein said they should know by late summer whether they've been awarded the grant.

The public has the following opportunities to weigh in on the proposed bridge:

• 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Eudora Elementary School library

• 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Eudora City Hall

Google Map

Proposed pedestrian bridge

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The proposed location of a pedestrian bridge in Eudora, which would stretch over K-10.


Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 5 months ago

This is the best story that I have saw on LJW. It has all the information needed and links so that is it easy to make a decision. I think they should have this bridge. It should have been part of the design when the highway was built.

I encourage people to write a letter of support using the template they provide. Grant applications need very precise information presented in a certain way and I want to thank LJW for making this available.

Great story, Shaun!

ksarmychick 5 years, 5 months ago

Biggest waste of money ever. Spending money to build a pedestrian bridge from no where to no where is a joke. There are not even very many houses in the subdivision over by the pool, and they are going to have it connect to a farmers field. Would make a lot more sense to just expand the bridge over Church St that already goes over K-10.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Aren't the high school and junior high on that side of K-10? And don't you think the modification you suggest to the existing bridge would cost just as much but still leave pedestrians exposed to auto and truck traffic?

akt2 5 years, 5 months ago

They would need to put in some side walks as well. As it is now the kids can't walk or ride bikes to school. The flashing 4 way light at the school was a huge waste of money. The traffic situation is terrible out there before and after school. There would be too much traffic for anyone to safely walk or bike if there are no sidewalks. Especially since they can't figure out a way to control traffic. I'm not sure the pedestrian crossing would even make a difference since there isn't any foot traffic.

msezdsit 5 years, 5 months ago

It makes sense that the kids should have a safe way to go to and from school. However, the developers who have been promoting Eudoras growth should all have known making the kids walk accross k-10 to get to and from school was not a good idea. Oh, they knew that but did it anyway

kwilkins74 5 years, 5 months ago

This has been needed for a long time, for our children's safety as well as everyone else crossing the bridge.

JayhawkFan1985 5 years, 5 months ago

I think the pedestrian bridge is a good idea now but a better idea would have been for the Eudora school district to build the two schools north of K-10 so no bridge costing more than $1 million would have been needed. The schools could have been built on the east side of Eudora north of K-10...bad land use planning and bad school siting resulting in huge taxpayer expense.

Bruce Elliott 5 years, 5 months ago

To "ksarmychick"--- You obviously don't live in Eudora. If you lived in Eudora, then you would know how important it is to have the bridge. It has been talked about for years and I am glad to see headway on this project. The bridge does not go "from no where to no where", it connects homes to business and schools. This is not a vehicle bridge, it's a foot bridge and serves a great purpose. Re-think your comment about it being the "biggest waste of money ever". If you live here then you would know how important it is to have the bridge.

ksarmychick 5 years, 5 months ago

You must be the one that doesn't live in Eudora or have no idea of the geographics of the town. The neighborhood that it would connect from over by the pool doesn't have that many houses, and where it would connect to on the otherside of the road over by the pet hospital does not have sidewalks-there is a huge empty field between where the bridge would be build and the middle school and high school. If you took a look at the ACTUAL plans that the city has mapped out of what they would like to happen ALSO includes adding the "recreational path"s for the pedestrian bridge, as well as on church street, as well as under K-10 further down the road about a 1/2 mile, and also on the Winchester St bridge. That to my count makes 4 connections under/over K-10 within a mile span. If they don't get approved to take over the farmers field and build sidewalks to the schools then the entire project is a waste since Church street is supossed to be getting sidewalks too. If they build everything that they are planning on this project it is going to cost WAY more then the 1.8 million.

akt2 5 years, 5 months ago

The current school bus shuttle service is a good option for kids who would walk from town out to the schools, or home from school. I can't visualize that much foot traffic, even if there was a bridge. Maybe for the kids that live south to get to the pool in the summer. Most of the high school kids drive, and it's a little too far for the middle school kids to walk from town. No sidewalks to get on once a pedestrian would exit the crossing bridge. Nothing but ditches and two lane highway or street going both north and south. There isn't a sidewalk to the north till you get to Nottingham, and none to the south. And there are still going to be the K-10 exit ramps on both sides of the overpass.

cheapskate 5 years, 5 months ago

It won't be long until us tax payers have to build one for the homeless to get across k-10 as well. Maybe we could send a couple of the empTy buses for them to use.

Russell Fryberger 5 years, 5 months ago

I would rather see them put red lights out at the schools than waste money on a bridge that will lead to much more spending trying to connect it to something.

msezdsit 5 years, 5 months ago

I think it is absolutely necessary now, could have been avoided but its to late for that. Hope they would completely enclose it with a very durable screen (fence) as a safety feature. The rendition I have seen leaves the top open. Nothing to be gained by this except saving a little money I guess.

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