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County’s Northwest cooridor route getting review

March 12, 2009

Johnson County officials will take a second look at the alignment of a future north-south arterial road to be constructed east of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

De Soto city officials, including Mayor Dave Anderson, met with counterparts from Johnson County, including County Commission Chairwoman Annabeth Surbaugh and 6th District County Commissioner Calvin Hayden, late last month about the proposed County Arterial Road Network Plan arterial road along an alignment of Kill Creek and Homestead roads.

Hayden said it was agreed the county would study other options for the north-south route east of Sunflower but west of Kansas Highway 7. Hayden said he favored a Moonlight Road alignment that would have access from K-10 at Cedar Creek Road.

“If you’re going to build roads, they need to go somewhere, and that (the Kill Creek/Homestead alignment) doesn’t really go anywhere,” he said. “Even the county people there said it was kind of the road to nowhere.”

Hayden said the Moonlight alignment was only one option but said it made sense with the improvements Gardner has done to that street and those Olathe planned for the road. He said it also would appeal to Lenexa because of that city’s improvements to Prairie Star Parkway.

The Kill Creek/Homestead road alignment route never got the blessing the De Soto City Council, and city officials expressed reservations about the proposed alignment before the Johnson County Commission approved it in 2002.

Late last year, the De Soto City Council refused to enter into an interlocal agreement with the county to protect the right of way of realigned Kill Creek Road/95th Street intersection that was part of a greater Kill Creek Road/Homestead Road arterial alignment. In taking the action, the council said it had little choice because it didn’t have the funds to preserve the right-of-way needed to create an intersection that might not be needed for more than a decade.

City officials have also been leery of preserving right-of-way in an intersection that could be developed long before the realigned route is completed.

Anderson said it was learned at the meeting Gardner and Olathe never signed off on the county’s proposed realignment either.

It was agreed at the meeting to include those two cities in consideration of the future arterial route’s location. But that will wait until after the April 7 election and the election of a new mayor in Gardner and possible new mayor in De Soto.

The proposed north-south corridor when fully built out would be a divided parkway with up to six lanes and a right of way of 150 to 200 feet.

But it could be 10 to 20 years before the road was built.

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