Archive for Thursday, June 24, 2010

Baldwin City is first on board for U.S. 56 agreement

June 24, 2010

The Baldwin City Council was the first governing body to approve an interlocal cooperation agreement for the U.S. Highway 56 Corridor Management Plan at Monday’s meeting.

The Kansas Department of Transportation hired a consulting firm to conduct studies and come up with a plan for U.S. 56 into the year 2040. There have been a series of public meetings, including one in Baldwin City, to outline what the plan holds in store.

But Jeff McKerrow, one of the consultants, explained to the council that the plan isn’t set in concrete and suggested changes may not happen.

“This is a passive plan that reacts to changes,” said McKerrow. “There is no funding in place for the suggested changes.”

He gave a presentation, similar to what’s been done at the public meetings, prior to the council’s vote for approval. Edgerton and Gardner city officials, as well as the Douglas and Johnson County commissions and two other boards will also be asked to join the agreement.

It’s all based on growth-based needs for changes on the highway.

“I think all of us have to remember that it will take changes to make anything happen,” said Mayor Ken Wagner.

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