Feedback sought on Marlatt

By The Mercury

Pottawatomie County will hold a public meeting this Thursday, Sept. 13, to obtain feedback on the conceptual route study of the Marlatt Extension.

The meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the Green Valley Community Center, 3770 Green Valley Rd., Manhattan.

The conceptual route study was completed recently by SMH Consultants, Manhattan. The study identified six potential routes for the Marlatt Extension––a proposed roadway which would parallel U.S. Highway 24 to the north and connect Pottawatomie County with Manhattan at Marlatt Ave., via a bridge over the Blue River.

The purpose of the proposed roadway is to ease traffic congestion on U.S. 24 east of Manhattan, and the McCall Rd. intersection in southwest Pott County.

In a recent presentation to Pottawatomie County Commissioners, Buck Driggs of SMH Consultants identified six potential routes for the Marlatt Extension––two each from Lake Elbo Rd., Hopkins Creek Rd. and Flush Rd., utilizing existing county right-of-way along Junietta Rd., about 1.5 miles north of U.S. 24.

Commissioners are hopeful the proposal will be embraced by the Kansas Department of Transportation and garner significant funding from the state agency.

Displays of the six potential routes will be available at the public meeting, and members of the study team will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the proposed project in greater detail.

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