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COUNTY, LECOMPTON AGREE ON ROAD

June 4, 1998

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The county is not planning to ask for trafficway extension to Jefferson County as part of state transportation program.

A group of Lecompton city leaders who turned out for Wednesday's Douglas County Commission meeting to oppose extending the South Lawrence Trafficway to Jefferson County didn't have anything to worry about after all.

Commissioners told the group they weren't planning to include the project on a list of county proposals for the state's new comprehensive transportation program.

Paul Bahnmaier, a Lecompton resident and president of the town's historical society, left reassured.

Lecompton residents worry that extending the trafficway to Jefferson County will isolate their city, which they say is a big asset to Kansas tourism because of its historical richness.

``I strongly urge you to reject and oppose such an expensive and environmentally unsound and unwise proposal,'' Bahnmaier said.

The cost would be huge, he said, and ``the disruption of the pristine environment between the Farmer's Turnpike and the Kansas River should make all Kansans shudder with regard to this beautiful and unique part of Kansas. Some of the best farmland in Kansas would be lost.''

Commissioners told Bahmaier, who was backed by members of the Lecompton City Council and the town's mayor, they had no intention of including an extension on their wish list of state-funded projects.

Their priority list includes completion of the eastern leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway, building a 15th Street interchange in conjunction with the trafficway and improvements to Sixth Street and Highway 59.

Commissioners will meet with city leaders at 5 p.m. June 17 at the courthouse to talk about projects for the comprehensive transportation program, which they expect the Kansas Legislature to support next year.

-- Deb Gruver's phone message number is 832-7165. Her e-mail address is dgruver@ljworld.com.

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