Archive for Thursday, February 17, 2005

Council OKs K-10 study

February 17, 2005

The city of Eudora is one small step closer to having a new K-10 interchange.

The Eudora City Council approved spending more than $14,000 to conduct a study of the area around Kansas Highway 10 and Winchester Road to determine the feasibility and possible location of the proposed interchange.

The Eudora United Methodist Church and developer Tom Horner have each pledged to contribute 25 percent of the cost, about $3,500 each. Both parties own property in the area and have indicated an interest in knowing how the area would be developed before making their own development plans.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has made it clear to the city that it will not fund an interchange project in Eudora.

"Basically, if this project ever happens, it's going to be a city project," Mayor Ron Conner said.

Besides funding issues, representatives of KDOT have indicated that an interchange at Winchester Road might not be safe because of its proximity to the Church Street interchange. City Administrator Mike Yanez said KDOT's standard was to avoid building two interchanges within one mile of each other in rural areas.

Council members supported the idea that Eudora shouldn't necessarily be considered rural because the city was growing and the highway ran through it.

Councilman Rex Burkhardt pointed out that the Church Street interchange could also be considered dangerous because drivers are forced to enter fast-moving traffic on a blind curve. He suggested a new interchange could be a good alternative.

Council members showed general agreement that an interchange was indeed needed and would be a benefit to the city as it would promote commercial growth and, subsequently, a stronger tax base. A new interchange would also alleviate traffic on Church Street and in front of Nottingham Elementary, it was agreed

The Council voted unanimously to begin a study to determine the costs and exact location of the proposed interchange.

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