Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Turnpike proposal good for Eudora with qualifications

February 2, 2006

The Eudora City Council has endorsed a proposal to install a new interchange on the the Kansas Turnpike south of Tonganoxie. In doing so, it joined the Douglas County Commission in supporting the Tonganoxie City County and Leavenworth County Comimission's efforts to secure federal funds for the interchanges and the widening of Leavenworth County Road 1 and Douglas County Road 1061.

The turnpike interchange and road improvements would not only funnel traffic from the turnpike to Kansas Highway 10 but provide a more appealing link between K-10 to Kansas Highway 32 and U.S. highways 24/40.

The increased connectivity would be good for Eudora. In addition to the simple convenience it would provide Eudora residents, it would make the city more attractive to industry and certainly bring more traffic, and hopefully business, to downtown.

While downtown businesses would welcome the traffic, other residents might not be so pleased, particularly since the route would likely become a shortcut for truckers. When addressing the Douglas County Commission on the matter, Mayor Tom Pyle rightly said the upgrades would be good for Eudora if "done right."

Should the interchange and road upgrades come to pass, there should be outside funds provided to help maintain city streets and such things as a study of possible truck routes and, yes, the long anticipated Winchester Road/K-10 interchange.

The first of those qualifiers might be understood, but the latter two might need additional advocacy.

The council was right to support the improvements and recognize their potential benefits to Eudora. But it is never too early to look for help mitigating less attractive consequences.

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