Mize intersection upgrade welcome if months late
It's reassuring to hear that the city of Lenexa intends to start improvements on 83rd Street at the Mize Road intersection next month. Anyone who has ever entered onto an increasingly busy 83rd Street from Mize knows site distances to the east are very limited. The extra turn lanes and leveling of the hill to the east are past due safety improvements and critical with the opening of Mill Creek Middle School in August on the northeast corner of that intersection.
As welcome as the improvement will be, it is puzzling they weren't started earlier so completion couldn't coincide with the opening of Mill Creek in mid-August. District voters approved a bond to build the new school five-and-a-half years ago and its completion date has been known for at least three years. The city of Lenexa had plenty of advance warning the school was coming.
What motorists, whose numbers will include bus drivers and parents transporting students to both Mize Elementary and Mill Creek Middle School, will find at the start of school is a temporary roadway to the south of 83rd and a detour to Gleason Road and 79th Street to Mize Road.
Although the project will be tardy, Lenexa has already charged the school district excise tax on Mill Creek Middle School. That tax alone was enough for one newly elected board member to swear he wouldn't support the district building more schools in that city.
That might be a bit premature, but we would certainly agree that if the district is to be charged an excise tax for a project, important street improvements adjacent to the site should be completed with the opening of the school.