A trial has been scheduled in a lawsuit concerning planned improvements to the intersection of 20th Street and Eisenhower Road.

A trial has been scheduled in a lawsuit concerning planned improvements to the intersection of 20th Street and Eisenhower Road.

The trial is scheduled for Oct. 23 in Leavenworth County District Court.

In January, the city of Leavenworth filed a lawsuit against the Leavenworth County Commission regarding the county’s plans for the intersection.

County officials are planning to make improvements to the intersection as part of a county-funded project that will widen Eisenhower Road from west of 13th Street to County Road 5.

In 2016, the mayors of Leavenworth and Lansing and the chairman of the County Commission signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the Eisenhower Road project. That agreement calls for left turn lanes on Eisenhower Road at the 20th Street intersection and the installation of “appropriate and necessary traffic signals, including at 20th and Eisenhower.”

County commissioners later proposed constructing a roundabout at the intersection of 20th Street and Eisenhower Road.

The lawsuit filed in January asked that the county government be prohibited from installing a roundabout at the intersection. The lawsuit requested that the county follow the 2016 agreement.

In March, county commissioners voted to abandon plans for the roundabout.

Despite the March decision by the County Commission, Leavenworth City Manager Paul Kramer said the issue of signals at the intersection remains unresolved.

City officials are arguing that the 2016 agreement calls for traffic lights.

“The city of Leavenworth remains fully committed to seeing the contract between the city, Lansing and the county executed as it was approved by the governing bodies,” Leavenworth Mayor Mark Preisinger said in a statement. “The intent of the agreement has always been to have a signalized intersection at 20th and Eisenhower, yet we find ourselves with a court date in October. It’s unfortunate that the county prefers wasting time and resources in court rather than following through with what was negotiated and approved more than two years ago.”

Senior County Counsel David Van Parys, who represents the County Commission in legal matters, could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

The trial will be conducted without a jury and with the judge deciding the case, according to court records.

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