U.S. 50 Access Management Plan to consider access points, potential lane configurations

Over the coming months, planners associated with KDOT will begin looking at potential new access points along U.S. Highway 50 just west of Emporia.

The city-county-KDOT partnership with this so-called Access Management Plan was the focus of a special public open house Tuesday at Flint Hills Technical College. KDOT spokesperson Kim Qualls says the access plan will look at traffic patterns for Highway 50 from Interstate 35 west to Road "F."

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Qualls says the study will also deal with nearby county roads, including "F," "G," 180 and 190.

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Qualls says lane configurations and access point spacing will be at the top of the list when recommendations are released, possibly by September.

Emporia city commissioners have been laying the groundwork for industrial development in that area for the past year, approving general obligation bonds for water and sewer projects last fall.

Traffic data collection begins next month with stakeholder interviews, traffic projections and traffic analysis taking place through May.

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