Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2004

Unified Government rejects city’s road proposal

Alignment would have created full intersection along K-7

February 12, 2004

Unified Government of Wyandotte County has rejected a proposal set forth by the city of Basehor to realign roads shared by both municipalities with Falcon Lakes Drive.

Last month, representatives from Basehor and Unified Government met to discuss a proposed road realignment in which Hollingsworth and Donohoo roads, roads on both sides of the Kansas Highway 7 corridor, would be constructed to meet with Falcon Lakes Drive.

This week, according to a letter sent to the city, Unified Government declined to move forward, opting instead to proceed with plans for other long-term improvements along Kansas Highway 7.

Unified Government has plans under way to improve Donohoo Road to connect with a planned interchange with Interstate 435.

Falcon Lakes Drive, which sits in between Hollingsworth and Donohoo roads, serves as the primary access road into the Falcon Lakes residential area, golf course and restaurants. The road also would serve the Zarda Center, a proposed 80-acre commercial development in Basehor.

City officials as well as Falcon Lakes and Zarda Center developers contended that aligning the roads would benefit both the city and Wyandotte County by creating a full-access intersection.

A united, bi-county intersection would funnel traffic into existing and future commercial developments on both sides of the highway -- Wyandotte County to the east, Leavenworth County to the west -- and connect motorists from both counties easily to I-435, they said.

Unfortunately for Basehor, Unified Government didn't share the same views.

Wyandotte County officials said "we believe it is in the best interest of our community not to alter our existing street grid or to concentrate both the Donohoo and Hollingsworth traffic at one intersection."

Instead, Wyandotte County will maintain plans for intersection improvements at Donohoo and Hollingsworth roads and K-7, which would satisfy the needs of themselves, Basehor and developers, officials said.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has plans in place to fund intersection improvements, which entail adding acceleration and deceleration lanes.

"We believe that satisfactory access to these areas can be achieved at the existing intersection locations and with the right-in, right-out access permitted by the Kansas Department of Transportation at Falcon Lakes Parkway," Unified Government officials said in the letter.

If Basehor and Unified Government agreed upon a deal to realign the roads and create the intersection, the department of transportation would have lifted restrictions at Falcon Lakes Parkway.

After barricading Falcon Lakes Parkway for nearly two years, transportation officials are allowing the road to be opened but only with a right-turn in, right-turn out restriction.

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