KDOT: highway will develop no matter what
No matter what concept engineers use to improve the Kansas Highway 7 corridor, state transportation officials are confident the highway will see substantial economic growth.
"We feel whether it's a freeway or urban arterial it's going to develop commercially one way or the other," said Joe Blubaugh, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
The department of transportation is working with cities along K-7, as well as Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties, to bring together a plan that would accommodate all municipalities' needs for the highway.
In May, state transportation officials met with city and county representatives, including those in Basehor and Bonner Springs, to discuss the future of K-7.
Opinions on the improvement of K-7 have varied thus far, Blubaugh said, and the local governments involved may not reach a consensus.
The options under consideration for K-7 are designing the highway as a four-lane freeway or six-lane urban arterial roadway.
A private consulting company is helping the department of transportation develop a plan for the K-7 corridor. Blubaugh said the corridor plan would not be completed for 18 months.