Kansans invited to discuss statewide transportation needs

A series of regional meetings that give Kansans the opportunity to discuss their transportation priorities with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority began this week. The first of eight local consultation meetings scheduled for this fall was held at Kansas City on Sept. 24. The meetings will continue this month and into October.

The nearest meeting to Osage County will be 9-12 p.m. Oct. 7, at KDOT’s office in the Eisenhower State Office Building, 700 SW Harrison St., Topeka.

The eight meetings will include regional discussions on highway and other modal needs, including rail, aviation, transit, bicycle and pedestrian.

“We are looking for common goals at the state and regional level,” said Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King. “It’s important that we get feedback from communities as well as explain how the current transportation plan, T-WORKS, is going.”

The meetings will be conducted by KDOT and KTA staff.

This year for the first time there will be the chance to pre-register and express any particular transportation topic that participants would like to discuss. Pre-registration is available at www.ksdot.org.

KDOT also conducted a series of local consultation meetings two years ago to hear what types of projects were important to communities.

“It’s important to go back to these areas and see if there have been any changes to their transportation needs,” King said. “This is a chance for those in the community to make sure their voice is heard.”

Meetings will also be held in the following cities and dates: Garden City, Sept. 29; Hutchinson, Sept. 30; Wichita, Oct. 1; Chanute, Oct. 6; Topeka, Oct. 7; Hays, Oct. 14; Salina, Oct. 15. The schedule and summaries of each local consultation meeting will be posted on the KDOT website at www.ksdot.org.


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