The end is dead and the beginning doesn’t look too healthy either

Eudora News and Information –

We have received some questions about what is going on with the “Road to Nowhere” that is located in front of Dairy Queen at 15th and Church Street.

This road was old Church Road (now Church Street) and was the main access south of town many years ago.  This road was taken out of use when K-10 was built and replaced by the current strip of Church Street and the bridge across the highway.

Recently, crews came in and tore out the pavement access from Church Street to where it meets up with the old road.  We contacted both KDOT, who owns the old road, and the City of Eudora for an explanation.  According to KDOT spokesperson Kimberly Qualls and Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein, the access to the road was taken out by mutual agreement between the City and KDOT.

“Both the City and KDOT realized there could be a safety issue with multiple people, primarily children, using the hill located next to this road for sledding and snowboarding.” Harrenstein said.  “We wanted to make sure that vehicles couldn’t drive onto the road and there would be an issue.”

Qualls told that the area where the pavement was removed has been seeded by KDOT crews and the dirt should disappear as the spring growing season begins.

Harrenstein also added that “The city would like to see the whole road removed, not just the access to it.”

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8 Responses to Eudora News: Road to Nowhere is a little shorter

  • I do not think just a section of grass will keep people from driving on the road to nowhere.

  • Eudora Reporter, you need to get your facts correct. This section of pavement was NEVER Chruch street. All it was used for was a by-pass road while KDOT was constructing the k-10 interchange.

  • I would like to clarifly some of the information that is reported in this article. First of all the road was never called Church Road it has always been Church Street. The “Road to Nowhere” was not the main access South of town many years ago. The original Church St was located under where the present Church St is located. The “Road to Nowhere” was a temporary road that by-passed the area where the K-10 bridge is now located.

    • We appreciate the comments from our readers on this or any other story. Prior to posting this story, we checked with multiple sources as to the origin of this road. We received confirmation from two independent sources that this was, at one time, Church Rd. We also had a report from a city official, as both readers also stated, that this piece of pavement was a temporary by-pass during the bridge construction.

  • Nice to see someone getting “fired up” over something for a change!!!! Church is spelled church, not chruch. I just think there are more important things to get fired up about. Who cares about the road. I am just thankful we have John whos is so willing and on the ball to report for Eudora. We have been settling for ljworld and their online feed to us for how long. I think it is disrespectful to keep showing the same obits for well over 6 mos. now. We have no way of getting the word out. So thank you John for being great about it, and with everything else you do you do it well! And in a timely fashion….. Anyone want to complain about the wind now???? I have some real complaints if anyone is interested???

  • Reading these posts, I do not believe anyone was complaining. They were just stating facts, which is what news reportng should be about. John I am wonderig if your two independent sources were here when the new highway was built?

    • One source I can definitely say is not. The other source, while I did not ask their age or exactly when that road was built, would likely date back to when that road was in fact built. The quote I received from that source: “Back in the day, it used to be the only road south of town. And it was an access road to Carl Kurtz’ farm ground.” I stand by what that source says. I have no reason to doubt that source.

  • I would imagine the only way to provide accurate “proof” of the name of the street would be to provide an old map. Unfortunately there are some people who are pretty nit picky about things and feel the need to call you on it. I guess that’s what keeps you on your toes.
    Thanks John for answering the question to what happened to the road. There were some people in this town that wanted to know why the road was torn up and not really care whether it was Church St. or Church Rd or whatever.