Cyclists and hikers could enjoy a 17-mile trail adjacent to the South Lawrence Trafficway if an application to be considered Wednesday by Douglas County commissioners gains county and state approval.
The state approved funding in April for two-thirds of the 10-foot-wide path. The Kansas Department of Transportation asked that the county apply for the final third, from Clinton Parkway north to County Route 438, this year, said John Pasley, trafficway project coordinator.
When completed, the trails would loop south of Lawrence along the trafficway from Kansas Highway 10 west and north to County Route 438. The combined price tag is $2.6 million.
Through its Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, the state approved 80 percent of the first two phases of the hike and bike trails. The city and county agreed to split the 20 percent match, amounting to about $400,000, Pasley said.
If they choose to solicit funding for the third section, commissioners must sign the application and send it to the state by Friday, Pasley said.
The commission meets at 7 p.m. in the commission meeting room on the second floor of the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.
Among Wednesday's highlights, commissioners will also:
-- Consider an appeal from David Millstein concerning the use of tires packed with dirt as a building material for house walls.
-- Hold an informational meeting for township officials about applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance.
-- Discuss appointments to an ad hoc committee charged with exploring ways of improving security at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.