Business owners, concerned citizens and highway planners came together Thursday to discuss development along the Highway 24 corridor.
A new study of traffic patterns and recommendations for the future prompted the meeting. As businesses grow, planners want to provide the best access, while keeping traffic moving safely.
The plan includes ideas like removing frontage roads through North Topeka and instead putting in access behind the businesses. The suggestion allows for more development and eliminates some direct access points to the highway, but has some business owners scratching their heads. Maddan Rattan, who owns the new Holiday Inn Express under construction east of Hwy. 24 and Tyler, says he went into the project with certain understanding from the city on what access to the business would be.
Planners say the study is a guide to future development and entails no immediate renovations.