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Open houses set for K-68 expansion

By The Herald Staff | 4/24/2013

Transportation officials are planning two public open houses for residents to learn more about a K-68 expansion project set for Miami County, as well as to give their feedback.

A $10-millon portion of the project is to be funded through T-WORKS, Kansas’ 10-year, $8-billion transportation program. That funding, however, is not enough to complete the entire expansion — eight miles of the roadway from U.S. 169 on the west to U.S. 69 on the east — so only T-WORKS funded improvements will be built.

Transportation officials are planning two public open houses for residents to learn more about a K-68 expansion project set for Miami County, as well as to give their feedback.

A $10-millon portion of the project is to be funded through T-WORKS, Kansas’ 10-year, $8-billion transportation program. That funding, however, is not enough to complete the entire expansion — eight miles of the roadway from U.S. 169 on the west to U.S. 69 on the east — so only T-WORKS funded improvements will be built.

The public open houses will be an opportunity for residents to view the Kansas Department of Transportation’s plans for the $10 million package of conceptual improvements, the state agency said. KDOT is accepting feedback, and officials are expected to encourage meeting attendants to share thoughts about the most important improvements and suggestions for where construction should happen first. KDOT also is collecting comments about the project online at www.k68comments.org

No formal presentations are expected at the two events, set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 6 at the American Legion, 403 S. Ninth St., Louisburg, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 7 at the Paola Community Center, 905 E. Wea St., Paola.

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