Archive for Thursday, December 5, 2002

Commission sees benefits in Winchester exchange

December 5, 2002

Editor's note: The Nov. 27 Eudora News included an article about the county and city's discussion of Church Street improvements. The following article addresses the Nov. 20 joint meeting discussion about other Eudora roads shared by both the city and the county.

Although characterizing it as a South Eudora Trafficway was a jest directed toward the Douglas County Commission, Eudora City Council member Rex Burkhardt's inquiry about a Winchester Road exchange on Kansas Highway 10 was no joke.

The intersection was one of the shared roads the Council and the Commission discussed during a joint meeting Nov. 20 that also included the USD 491 Board of Education.

Burkhardt pointed out that allowing traffic to enter and exit K-10 from Winchester Road Eudora's westernmost main road would stimulate growth along the highway.

"The ramp on K-10 could do more for Eudora than any project I can think of," Burkhardt said.

Commissioner Bob Johnson said he couldn't think of any reason why the county wouldn't favor such a project. Fellow Commission member Charles Jones said in the abstract a ramp at Winchester Road seemed like a great idea, but leaders should keep in mind that with limited funds the project might not be as easy as it sounded.

County Engineer Keith Browning said he thought the Kansas Department of Transportation would be reluctant to put another interchange so close to the Church Street ramp, about a mile away. He said KDOT's preference was to have interchanges spaced three to five miles apart in areas of development, similar to that stretch of K-10.

Council members pointed out KDOT didn't adhere to those guidelines in De Soto, where Lexington Avenue and Kill Creek Road both have interchanges near one another.

However, Johnson said Eudora might be able to garner support from Lawrence because the interchange could reduce traffic in east Lawrence.

Mayor Ron Conner said the city should find out KDOT's opinion on frontage roads.

Jones said, "That strikes me as something that's not going to work well."

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