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De-boarding the airport

By Walt Braun

We’re big fans of the Manhattan airport.

We are emphatically not big fans of the current way the Kansas Department of Transportation is trying to re-route car traffic from the airport back to Manhattan. We view it as a disaster waiting to happen.

If you’ve been to the airport recently, you know exactly what we’re talking about: When you leave the airport parking lot, you are not allowed to turn left onto K-18, as you would normally do to drive into Manhattan. That’s because KDOT is working on a major road construction project along K-18.

OK. We get that. Short-term pain for long-term gain, and all that.

What we don’t get is the lack of adequate signage. We’ve witnessed lots of drivers trying to turn left through barricades, stopping to ask other drivers, and generally meandering around in all sort of dangerous ways on a state highway. Nobody can tell where they’re really supposed to go.

Something tells us that if a hot prospect to bring a new company to the area - not to mention, say, a great prospective quarterback or shooting guard — flew in on the terrific new jet service from Chicago or Dallas, they’d give up in frustration and book a flight to, say, Austin.

We’re not road engineers. But we can tell when something doesn’t work.

The current arrangement doesn’t work.

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