DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) -- State transportation officials have approved a compromise plan for a highway expansion in southwest Kansas that endangered a historic landmark.
Under the new proposal, U.S. 50 will be expanded from two lanes to a four-lane expressway using a 16-foot median as it passes the Point of Rocks formation west of Dodge City. The rest of the highway expansion between Dodge City and Cimarron will include a 60-foot grass median.
The Dodge City Daily Globe reported Tuesday that the 16-foot median will cut into the rock formation, and a false rock retaining wall will be installed.
The original plan that would have destroyed the rock formation, which was a landmark for wagon trains and cattle drives in the 1800s along the Santa Fe and Great Western trails.