Archive for Thursday, August 14, 2008

Joint traffic study of turnpike traffic necessary step

August 14, 2008

Douglas County Commissioners agreed this week to split with the city of Eudora the cost of a traffic study to determine the traffic consequences in Eudora and Douglas County of new Kansas Turnpike interchange near Tonganoxie. The Eudora City Council had requested the county pay for half of the $17,580 study.

In discussion, county commissioners said they wanted the study to suggest alternative routes for handling increased traffic that may flow between Kansas Highway 10 to the Turnpike along Douglas County 1061 and Leavenworth County Road No. 1.

There are a lot of questions about a Turnpike to K-10 connector that won't be answered in the study. Such a route is among the future roadways to be considered in a much more costly Kansas Department of Transportation funded study. Should such a route ever be built, it is difficult to envision any solution that doesn't involve a new bridge over the Kansas River and new southern bypass that avoids all developed areas.

But once again, those would be long-term solutions with considerable costs. In the meantime, the improvements to the north are likely to funnel traffic onto Eudora's Main Street, which is as ill suited as the surrounding neighborhood streets to handle added traffic, especially the truck traffic that the new interchange seems sure to attract. Real solutions to that concern will not be found in a $17,580 study.

But a good estimate of how much traffic should be expected is a necessary first step to figuring out what lever of improvements will be needed.

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