highways http://kmuw.org en Plans To Level 'Points Of Rocks' Monument For Highway Expansion Abandoned http://kmuw.org/post/plans-level-points-rocks-monument-highway-expansion-abandoned <p>A plan to expand U.S. 50 in southwestern Kansas no longer includes leveling a historic rock formation.</p><p>U.S. 50 expansion from a two-lane road into a four-lane expressway will use a paved 16-foot median as it passes the Point of Rocks formation, which was once used as a navigational aid for travelers and cowboys along the Santa Fe Trail.</p><p>The original plan would have leveled the formation.</p><p>But the Kansas Department of Transportation considered other options after discussions with groups, including the Santa Fe Trail Association.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:50:12 +0000 Associated Press 32261 at http://kmuw.org Preservationists Fight To Keep Dodge City's 'Points Of Rock' Monument http://kmuw.org/post/preservationists-fight-keep-dodge-citys-points-rock-monument <p>Preservationists are fighting a plan to widen U.S. 50 near Dodge City.</p><p>State transportation officials say the four-lane expansion from Dodge City to Cimarron would likely require leveling the "Points of Rock" monument.</p><p>It's a steel sculpture of several horsemen sitting on top of a rock outcropping, with the words "Dodge City," and supporters say it's an important landmark along the Santa Fe Trail.</p><p>The expansion plans include a 60-foot-wide median between the old and new lanes of the highway, which would take down a big part of the hill where the sculpture stands.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:27:25 +0000 Associated Press 27154 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Ghost Highways Of America http://kmuw.org/post/it-ghost-highways-america <p></p><p>America's highways are littered with loose ends. In Houston, relics of an incomplete inner city project loom on the east and west ends with nothing in-between. In Portland, ramps built to merge with the Mt. Hood Freeway simply drop off into an overgrown field.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:21:56 +0000 Andrew Bales 23197 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Ghost Highways Of America