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Does the Kansas Policy to Route State Highways Around Towns Kill Growth?

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skluth:
All you have to do is check neighboring Missouri. The northern part of the state (north of US 36) is losing population just like rural areas of the Dakotas. Other than I-35, US 36, US 61, and US 63 which are all freeways or expressways through the region, there aren't many bypasses; younger residents are just leaving for better opportunities elsewhere.

kphoger:
And US-60 has bypassed southern Missouri towns just as much as US-400 has bypassed southern Kansas towns:  Rogersville, Seymour, Mansfield (?), Norwood, Mountain Grove, Cabool (?), Willow Springs.  It isn't a "Kansas policy".

Avalanchez71:

--- Quote from: kphoger on June 16, 2022, 03:17:58 PM ---And US-60 has bypassed southern Missouri towns just as much as US-400 has bypassed southern Kansas towns:  Rogersville, Seymour, Mansfield (?), Norwood, Mountain Grove, Cabool (?), Willow Springs.  It isn't a "Kansas policy".

--- End quote ---

True and Iowa has a similar build strategy.  Tennessee has done similar routings such as US 64 going around Waynesboro without a business route.  However, there are marked business routes on US 64 for Pulaski, Winchester, and Lawrenceburg.  KS has like zero similar business routes.

edwaleni:
Most bypasses are built for safety reasons. Some towns don't like them because they *want* traffic to pass through and frequent their local establishments.

Other towns don't want them because if they have a large number of trucks on said route transiting their town, its noisy, unsafe and wears out the streets earlier than usual.

There have been cases made that a towns' economy actually improved because the bypass allowed the building of services that couldn't exist inside the town.

One town on the future route of the I-57 extension in Arkansas lost their WalMart in town in 2019. Now they think they can get them back after the interstate is built.

One town was ecstatic when their state DOT decided to build a bypass. 2 franchise operators decided to build fast food locales on the bypass that wouldn't have built inside the town proper.

1 Taco Bell can attract a large amount of tax revenue for the bypassed town and improve employment prospects for locals.

One larger town got a Love's and the property tax alone was enough to pay for needed fixes to their elementary schools.

It simply varies depending on the towns involved.

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