When they met Monday, Leavenworth County commissioners heard from Lansing city officials regarding a planned DeSoto Road project.

When they met Monday, Leavenworth County commissioners heard from Lansing city officials regarding a planned DeSoto Road project.

Lansing officials are asking county commissioners to consider providing funding for the project. City officials are seeking funding that may be available if the county is able to save money on a McIntyre Road project.

County commissioners took no action Monday regarding the request from the city of Lansing.

Commissioners promised to make improvements to a section of McIntyre Road between Kansas 7 Highway and Kansas 5 Highway as part of a sales tax extension that was approved by voters. A portion of this section of McIntyre Road lies within the city of Lansing.

County officials initially planned to improve McIntyre Road for a 45 mph speed limit. But some of the residents who live along McIntyre expressed concerns about this design.

Last month, county commissioners approved a compromise proposal that will redesign the improvements for a 35 mph speed limit. Commissioners were told the redesign may save as much as $1 million from a project that was estimated to cost $7.07 million.

Lansing officials hope these savings can be used to help pay for the DeSoto Road project.

During Monday’s meeting, Lansing City Administrator Tim Vandall and Lansing Public Works Director Jeff Rupp reviewed the city’s plans for improving DeSoto Road between Eisenhower Road and Ida Street.

Rupp said the estimated cost of the DeSoto Road project is $6.2 million.

Vandall said the city has been awarded about $2 million in federal grant money for the project.

He argued the project may help with economic development for the city of Lansing as well as the county.

“It’s really a positive for economic development,” he said.

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