Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2009

Traffic study results discussed

February 12, 2009

The Douglas County Commission, as well as the Eudora City Council and Eudora Planning Commissionm heard from BG Consultants on the results of a study on Douglas County Road 1061 and Eudora’s Main Street.

The study was contracted to find possible solutions to the influx of traffic Eudora and the area could see after the Interstate 70 interchange at Tonganoxie is completed in November.

The interchange will allow drivers exiting at Tonganoxie to drive south to Kansas Highway 10 via Leavenworth County Road 1, which turns into Eudora’s Main Street. Divers then would use Douglas County Road1061 — which is also known as Church Street — to access K-10.

BG’s JasonHoskinson said that according to the study, traffic volumes would be greater than the streets could handle by about 2023.

Hoskinson presented three alternate alignments that would allow traffic to bypass Main Street and CR 1061.

The options were an alignment to the west that would connect to K-10 using Winchester Road at a cost of $15 million, an alignment to the east that would connect to K-10 using the Douglas County Road 442 interchange at a cost of $11 million and a regional alignment that would connect at the east and the west ends of Eudora at a cost of about $165 million.

Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said Eudora citizens who attended last year’s visioning meetings preferred the eastern alignment.

Another option was to simply let traffic travel on Main and Church streets, although Beatty noted that the streets would only be able to take about two to three years of truck traffic before buildings on Main Street would begin to become structurally unsound.

The consensus was that the regional alignment, which could be cost prohibitive, was the best option. It was also agreed an interim project would be needed until funding was secured.

The eastern alignment was a favorable interim solution, and there was also discussion of doing work on Seventh Street to connect it to K-10.

Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones cautioned that even though all agreed on the eastern interim and regional alignments that didn’t mean there would be money for any of the projects.

“This is an era where the defining line may not be what we would like, but what we can stand,” Jones said.

The three bodies will continue to meet periodically to discuss the implications of the interchange within the context of a Kansas Department of Transportation five-county transportation study of Douglas, Johnson, Miami, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.

They also will look into scheduling a meeting to discuss the issue with Leavenworth County and the city of Tonganoxie.

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