County approves to study changes to improve roads outside of Buhler

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RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Extensive flooding in Reno County this year led to the frequent closing of heavily-traveled roads outside of Buhler. 

"It's quite a mess, and it's very inconvenient for the public," said David McComb, director of Reno County Public Works. 

In Tuesday's meeting, commissioners voted to move forward with a study on 85th and 82nd avenues from Buhler to K-61 and Buhler Road going south.

More than inconvenience, McComb said the closings have caused issues for first responders.   

"Basically cutting off the city for ambulance, and services that need to get to the city."

The study will be completed by WPS, and engineering firm, and will cost the county $26,709.

When the study is over, WPS will present a price to improve the roads, and the county will decide whether to move forward with the project. 

"If we get a good solution at a reasonable cost, then at least there will be one entrance to go into Buhler that during a high flood event will not be impacted with water over the road," said McComb. 

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