Groups work to widen U.S. 54 from Wichita to Mexico

| Wednesday, September 15, 2004

A combination of local officials, trucking companies and others are working to expand U.S. 54 in western Kansas to four lanes, The Hutchinson News reported recently.

The highway, which runs from Wichita to the Oklahoma border in the far southwestern corner of the state, is a well-worn truck route. It is one of the few viable routes from Wichita, Kansas City and St. Louis to the American Southwest.

A number of trucking companies have locations along or near the route as well, including National Carriers in Liberal, KS, near the Oklahoma border.

A group called SPIRIT – the Southwest Passage Initiative for Regional and Interstate Transportation – a coalition of officials from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, recently conducted a conference in Guymon, OK, not far from the Kansas border, The News reported. During that event, members of the group discussed an effort to widen the highway from Wichita all the way to El Paso, TX.