STERLING (AP) -- A group of farmers is asking transportation officials to change the proposed route of a widened highway in central Kansas.
The state Department of Transportation wants to build a divided four-lane Kansas 96 between Nickerson and Sterling to replace the current two-lane route. Planners say it would accommodate larger freight trucks and area growth.
But about 30 people have signed a letter to KDOT concerned that the proposed 15-mile corridor will cut through prime irrigated farmland and discourage young farmers who want to grow there.
The proposed routes for the highway were presented at a public hearing in Sterling Thursday.
KDOT plans to hold another public hearing this fall to review the plan. So far, the state hasn't set aside money for design or construction.