Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2007

County backs signal at 158th

November 29, 2007

Leavenworth County commissioners agree: The traffic signal at 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 in Basehor should be retained, no matter what changes on U.S. 24-40.

At Monday's commission meeting, Bill New, vice chairman of the Leavenworth County Port Authority, and Chris Donnelly, with the Leavenworth County Development Corp., requested the commission make their voice known on the matter by adopting a resolution in support of the signal.

Under the U.S. 24-40 Corridor Study, a 30-year master plan for the corridor that has been in the works since mid-2006, the Kansas Department of Transportation recommended a stoplight be installed at the intersection of U.S. 24-40 and 150th Street as well as at 158th Street, while 155th Street would be reduced to right-in, right-out access only.

Pointing to 155th Street as the main road and "lifeblood" for Basehor and with 158th Street being the site of two fatality accidents since 2004, New asked, "Is it such a terrible thing to have two stoplights in such close proximity?"

Leavenworth County Planning & Zoning Director Chris Dunn said the corridor study was not a legislative document.

"The whole purpose of the corridor study was to plan things out," he said. "Basehor still has a lot of self-determination," adding that city officials probably would not be able to procure corridor management funding from KDOT if the study's recommendations were not followed.


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