3 Cities Give Opinions on US-24 Corridor

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Area agencies sought public input on the Highway 24 corridor between Manhattan and Wamego through a series of open house meetings September 30 and October 1.

Meetings were held in St. George, Manhattan and Wamego.

The US-24 Study Team set up graphics showing information it has collected regarding present and future traffic conditions, land use patterns, recent economic trends and information gathered from community polls.

The corridor of US-24 being studied runs from Manhattan Town Center Mall to Airport Road east of Wamego, then north on K-99 from US-24 to Cannonball Road.

The Study Team also made comment sheets available to get input on possible alternatives for maintaining the viability of the corridor.

"Overall people think Highway 24 is a good route," said Mike McKenna, Project Manager with HWS Consulting Group. "It's still functioning pretty well. The goal here is to make sure it stays that way."

The corridor's rapid development has prompted area agencies to develop a coordinated plan for the corridor's future infrastructure needs.

The study effort is led by Pottawatomie County, and co-sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation and the cities of Manhattan, St. George and Wamego.

The study team hired by the partners is led by HWS Consulting Group (Project Management, Engineering, Public Involvement); George Butler & Associates (Traffic Engineering); Gould Evans (Land Use Planning); Richard Caplan & Associates (Market Analysis); and Stinson, Morrison & Hecker (Regulatory Policies).

After the team wraps up its one year study (expected to be in March or April), it will present a Corridor Management Plan to present to the partners.

The intent of the Corridor Plan is twofold: to plan for adequate infrastructure to serve future development; and to keep US-24 and its associated transportation system operating safely and smoothly.

You can read more about the study at www.pottcounty.org.