Archive for Thursday, November 1, 2007

KDOT not budging on access for grocery

November 1, 2007

A recent meeting between the Kansas Department of Transportation, City Administrator Carl Slaugh and Ed McIntosh with Benchmark Management proved to be disappointing for the future of the Wolf Creek Junction, a development on the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 24-40 and 155th Street.

McIntosh has said in previous interviews that having a right-in, right-out access on 153rd Street from U.S. 24-40 into his development is crucial to its success, especially for the grocery store planned for the area.

Construction on the grocery store has been put on hold partially because developers are waiting to see if KDOT will grant the right-in, right-out access upon completion of the 24-40 Corridor Study.

While the study is in the final stages of completion, Benchmark Management requested the meeting to gain some insight on what KDOT's decision would be.

"They had some pretty convincing arguments as to why they're going to deny the right-in, right-out because of safety issues," Slaugh said. "They also consider the distance between 150th Street and 155th too close to put in another access."

McIntosh said he planned to continue to push for the 153rd Street access.

"I will still work on getting it," he said. "And I would appreciate the support of the city. Just because they said no once doesn't mean it will be no forever."

The 24-40 Corridor Study was created to develop a 30-year future land use plan along a two-mile wide strip of U.S. 24-40 from Kansas Highway 7 west through Tonganoxie.

In addition to the 153rd Street access, Slaugh said future signal lights in Basehor also were discussed in the meeting with KDOT.

While the safety of the U.S. 24-40 and 158th Street intersection is a concern for several residents, Slaugh said KDOT indicated that if the city wanted a light to remain at 155th Street, a signal light would not be put in at 158th Street.

Slaugh created a resolution for the City Council's consideration stating that the council requests the light at 155th Street remain, along with additional full-access intersections at 142nd, 147th, 158th and 166th streets as the city develops and the need exists. He said the purpose of the resolution was to put more emphasis on what the city wants for its future.

The council approved the resolution, 3-1, with Jim Washington opposed.

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