A Concurrent Resolution urging the United States Congress to support modernization
of US-169 highway by designating it as a demonstration project.
WHEREAS, Within a twenty-mile stretch on US-169 highway from
Spring Hill to Osawatomie there have been 10 fatalities within the past
10 months; and

WHEREAS, According to the Kansas Department of Transportation
traffic counts, this 20-mile stretch of US-169 highway is at or above ca-
pacity and at this distance is the most heavily traveled two-lane highway
in the state of Kansas; and

WHEREAS, Because of the enormous economic and population
growth in the area, the traffic count on US-169 highway will continue to
increase, providing a greater threat to safety of the traveling public; and

WHEREAS, US-169 highway is a part of the strong economic corridor
providing the shortest route between the Kansas City area to Oklahoma
City and on to the Southwest area; and

WHEREAS, The danger and risk of traveling on US-169 highway has
reached proportions that exceed the reasonable risks associated with driv-
ing on our public highways; and

WHEREAS, The tragic loss of life has become too great on US-169
highway and corrective measures are needed immediately to improve the
safety on ``Heartbreak Highway'': Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Kansas, the House of Rep-
resentatives concurring therein: That the Legislature of the State of
Kansas strongly urges the United States Congress to support the desig-
nating of US-169 highway as a demonstration project; and

Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send
copies of this resolution to each member of the Kansas Congressional

Adopted by the House February 23, 1998.

Adopted by the Senate February 12, 1998.