Emporia, Lyon County commissions mulling agreements on U.S. 50 study

Emporia city commissioners could approve study plans for U.S. Highway 50 during their action meeting Wednesday.

Commissioners will consider approving an agreement with KDOT and Lyon County to study the highway corridor for potential improvements. Goals are to identify future land uses, address current and potential traffic management issues and create a public visioning plan.

Also, commissioners will receive a formal presentation from the Flint Hills Regional Council on the benefits of joining the Flint Hills Economic Development District, a subset of the council designed to enhance networking opportunities for participating cities and counties on a regional scale. Lyon County commissioners approved joining the development district last week.

The meeting starts at 1:30 pm at the Municipal Court Room.

County Commission to discuss highway plan

Long-range planning for the U.S. 50 corridor will be part of the Lyon County Commission study meeting Wednesday.

County commissioners have worked with KDOT on several improvements the past decade, including passing lanes at U.S. 50 and Road "F" just outside Emporia, and now are considering a study of the corridor with the city and KDOT involved. On-site surveys of the highway were conducted in late 2011 from Emporia to Hutchinson as another way to set the stage for safety improvements.

Four executive sessions are also currently scheduled.

The meeting starts at 8 am in the County Courthouse. Following the study session, commissioners will meet with the Newman Regional Health Board of Trustees.

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