One of the first actions taken by the newly seated Cherokee County Commiss-ioners was to ask the state to improve State Highway 7 between Columbus and Cherokee.

In passing the resolution, the commissioners pointed out that the 11 mile link of highway “has the highest traffic count of any section of K-7.

They pointed out that the highway “north of Cherokee and south of Columbus are smoother, wider and safer.”

The resolution requested the  Legislative Transportation Committee and the Kansas Department  of Transportation include the 11 mile section to the next round of projects for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The commissioner’s resolution pointed out that K-7 north of Columbus “has a narrow paved surface, no shoulders and no margin for error for motorists.”

They also pointed out that more than 4,000 vehicles per day travel the portion of the highway and the traffic count has increased over 10-percent since 2005.