Public Meeting Held On US-24 Extension Project

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- It was all about feedback Thursday night in Pottawatomie County as officials heard from residents and commuters about a study done on the US-24 corridor.

Pottawatomie County held a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 13, to obtain feedback on the conceptual route study on the Marlatt –Junietta Extension.

The meeting was held from 4-7 p.m. at the Green Valley Community Center in Manhattan.

Local leaders along with SMH Consultants, who conducted the study, believe the alternate route would alleviate traffic issues on US-24 by providing another route into Manhattan across the Blue River.

“It’s just to educate the public on what we’ve done to date as far as the study, gain feedback on how it might impact them as drivers of US 24, as residents, business owners, those types of things and then really to give them an opportunity to speak about the project and have an impact on where we go from here,” said Buck Driggs, Project Manager with SMH Consultants.

“There are 26,000 vehicles per day that travel along highway 24. It’s growing at about a 3% rate out there which means that it will be reaching its design capacity in about 5 years which means probably that we’ll have an increase in accidents and more delays,” he added.

The study and findings will be presented to KDOT during a local consultation in October in the hopes that KDOT will provide funding for a more detailed study.

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