Two groups of local elected
officials have agreed to a plan that would widen 23 miles of a Kansas highway
into a divided four-lane route, The
Hutchinson News reported Dec. 31.
The project would widen the
current two-lane state Highway 61, which runs from I-135 in McPherson southwest
to Hutchinson. The new interstate-style road would create a new link among the
I-70, U.S. 50 and U.S. 54 corridors, all of which are used by significant
numbers of trucks.
The News reported that
the county commissions in Reno and McPherson counties approved the plan Dec.
30. The new road would be completely contained within the two counties.
In addition, the two largest
cities on the route, McPherson and Hutchinson, have approved the plan, the
newspaper said. Only the small town of Inman, which lies halfway along the
proposed highway, has yet to approve the plan. If all five governments sign on,
work on the new road should start in 2009 and take about three years.