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K-4 Study Open Houses Scheduled

November 5, 1999 (Release 99-240)
News Contact: Ron Kaufman, (785) 296-6580

K-4 Study Open Houses Scheduled

The Kansas Department of Transportation has scheduled two Public Involvement Open Houses to help people learn more about the study of K-4 Highway and preliminary ideas for improving the highway.

The first open house will be held November 16 at the Delaware Township Hall in Valley Falls and the second open house will be held November 18 at Jefferson West High School in Meriden. Both open houses will be open from 4 to 8 pm. The same information will be presented at each open house.

The public is invited to come any time from 4 to 8 p.m. to view displays, pick up take-home materials, and visit with the Study Team to ask questions or discuss concerns. Written comments are encouraged and people can take comment forms home to submit later.

There will be a short, 10-minute presentation at 6 p.m. each evening to give a brief overview of the study. Those who can't make it for the presentation will not miss out, however. Similar information will be available in written form.

"We hope the public comes out to see what ideas are being studied," said Steve King, KDOT Project Manager. "It is important that KDOT learn about the public's concerns."

About the Study

The study began in March 1999, prompted by safety concerns, growing traffic and congestion, numerous intersections and driveways, vigorous development, and the importance of K-4 as a travel corridor for northeast Kansas.

The purpose of the study is to develop a feasible strategy for improving K-4 that addresses the needs of area residents, businesses, property owners, various government agencies, and other interests in the region. The strategy must also address the needs of commuters, through travelers, and commercial users of the highway.