September 3, 2014

New highway signs mark the way to SH

A new sign along southbound Interstate 35 in Olathe puts Spring Hill on the map. Submitted photo courtesy of Ann Jensen

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Spring Hill is now on Interstate 35.
Obviously, the community didn’t move, but the Kansas Department of Transportation recently put directional signs naming Spring Hill alongside I-35.
“I could not be happier,” Ann Jensen, Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce President, said.
She recalled driving to a friend’s house in Spring Hill from Kansas City, years before she became the Chamber president.
“We got so lost,” she said.
Southbound signs on I-35 at the exit at 151st Street and U.S. 169 Highway listed Paola and Osawatomie. Now the sign lists Spring Hill as well.
Another sign, just north of the exit has an arrow that lists Spring Hill as well. Jensen said the signs help put Spring Hill on the map.
“Nobody ever knows where Spring Hill is,” Jensen explained. “You give directions and you tell them to take the Great Mall exit. And then the exit is called three different things.”
Even when travelers managed to exit onto 169 headed into Spring Hill, they saw no signs letting them know they were headed in the correct direction until past 159th Street.
“That’s the first time you get any indication at all,” Jensen said. “This is a big thing for a small community trying to let people know where they are.”
The road to getting the signs placed was a bumpy one, Jensen said.
When Sen. Rob Olsen, who currently represents Spring Hill in the Kansas Senate, was first appointed to fill the remainder of former Sen. Karin Brownlee, he asked members of the Spring Hill Chamber how he could help the community.
Signs pointing the way to Spring Hill were high on Jensen’s list.

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