Public Gets A First Look At Interim K-4/Oakland Expressway Plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -Officials at KDOT say the current crash rate along the existing K-4 route between US-24 and NE 54th street is double the statewide average.

They don't want to make a complete overhaul, but are instead choosing for a conservative approach. Northeast Kansas is using the K4/Oakland Expressway as an interim extension improvement plan.

Public Affairs Manager of NE Kansas KDOT, Kimberly Qualls says, "What we're looking to do is invest in projects by not doing a full build out but instead look at short term improvements, and we can help with traffic demands that we have."

One of the main improvemtns is an interchange at 46th St. and US-75, where Kimberly says, "It provides another alternative to US-24 or all the way south to I-70 and we're looking at a double roundabout for that.

KDOT says they will use the open house to create an expressway that the people are satisfied with. "We like it that way thats how we get input and let us know what their thoughts are. These are users of our highways and we want to know what they're thinking and how they utilize it," said Kimberly.

After reviewing the public's input, KDOT staff will measure the level of interest and include the plan in their regional local consultation project reviews this fall.


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