Archive for Thursday, June 10, 2004

Winchester interchange on table for K-10 forum

June 10, 2004

A Winchester Road interchange on Kansas Highway 10 is getting closer to Eudora -- in a way. A conceptual design for on and off ramps at Winchester Road in east Eudora will be part of a forum coming to Eudora later this month.
The public is invited to a presentation updating findings of a study of K-10. The event is scheduled for June 30 at Nottingham Elementary School. Look for more information in upcoming issues.
City Administrator Mike Yanez told the Eudora Planning Commission at the June 2 meeting that the study was about 65 percent complete. He said findings indicated a need for six lanes from Lawrence to K-7 and eight lanes from K-7 to where it merges with Interstate 435 in suburban Kansas City.
Yanez told planners that the Kansas Department of Transportation didn't "encourage, recommend, endorse or support" a Winchester interchange. The department has previously cited a policy that discourages interchanges as close as Winchester would be to Church Street in "rural" areas.
Local leaders have countered with the idea that quickly-sprawling Eudora hardly classifies as a rural area. Rather, they insist it is more like areas of K-10 in Johnson County, where interchanges are more frequent.
If KDOT were to approve a ramp at Winchester, Yanez said the city would be responsible for the $1 million estimated cost.

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