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Archive for Wednesday, July 22, 1992

COUNCIL VOTES TO OPPOSE FEE TO USE BRIDGE

July 22, 1992

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— The Lecompton City Council this week went on record opposing a Kansas Turnpike Authority proposal to charge a toll for motorists crossing a bridge over the turnpike to use the South Lawrence Trafficway.

Susie Hackathorn, city clerk, said the council passed a resolution Monday objecting to the proposed 25-cent fee for each trip across a bridge KTA would build northwest of Lawrence.

KTA maintains the toll would save at least $1.5 million on the trafficway's construction costs because it would alleviate the need for a second bridge over the turnpike for through traffic.

The Douglas County Commission will meet at 7 tonight to study the proposal. Jeff Goodrick, Lecompton council member, said the council will present its resolution at the meeting, which will be at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts in Lawrence.

"We don't like the idea of having to pay a toll to use the bypass," he said.

In other business, the council approved the 1993 budget for publication. A public hearing on the $499,061 budget will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Lecompton Community Building.

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