Summary of K-68 Corridor: Spring Valley Road East to US-69

KDOT

Contact Information

Organization: KDOT
Contact person: Allison Smith
Title: Environmental Coordinator/MPO Liaison
Phone: 785-296-0341
E-mail: allison.smith@ks.gov
Organization address: 700 SW Harison
  Topeka, KS    66603


General Information

1. Project name: K-68 Corridor: Spring Valley Road East to US-69
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Miami County, KS
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: K-68
4. Primary project mode: Highway/roadway 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation * Freight )
This project is to construct K-68 from a 2 lane roadway to a 4 lane expressway. The facility is already a major traffic carrier and growth area for Miami County, and this project will support existing traffic and encourage increased use by freight and motorists in and through the region. While there is not currently any transit service along the facility, one day regional service may operate along this corridor. Bicyclists would be incorporated via travel on a 10 shoulder.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement )
7. Project sponsor: Allison Smith
allison.smith@ks.gov
785-296-0341
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $86000000
9. Project description: The intent of this project is to construct 8 miles of a 4 lane expressway from Spring Valley Road East to US-69 with access roads at various locations on K-68. The primary users would be motorists and freight. Bicyclists would be accommodated on the shoulder.
10. Scope: This 13 mile project is to construct a 4 lane expressway from Spring Valley Road East to US-69 with access roads at various locations on K-68. The primary users would be motorists and freight; however, bicyclists are able to use the 10 shoulders along the corridor, but other accommodations are not in the plans. While congestion from a corridor perspective is not significant, congestion does arise as a result of the stopping of school busses to pick up/drop off student and slower moving agriculture equipment using K-68. These congestion points do create safety concerns for motorists passing in the opposing lans and reduced efficiency concerns for the corridor.
11. Project schedule: This project has been placed in FY 2030 until funding is identified at which time the project will be re-evaluated for an appropriate schedule.

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