Archive for Friday, June 6, 2008

City wins grant for East Lawrence hike, bike trail

June 6, 2008


The city has been awarded a $500,000 grant to build the long-discussed Burroughs Creek Rail Trail through eastern Lawrence.

But now, city commissioners must decide whether the city can afford the more than $350,000 in local funds that will be required to match the Kansas Department of Transportation grant.

The project consists of 10-foot-wide, concrete walking and biking trail between 11th and 23rd streets along an abandoned railroad corridor just west of Haskell Avenue.

The city has estimated its share of construction costs at $345,900, but that does not include property acquisition costs. An estimate on those costs hasn't been finalized. Commissioners likely will discuss the project as part of their 2009 budget deliberations this summer.


bearded_gnome 9 years, 10 months ago

and, it is june 6. sixty-four years ago, only the most important operation of the second world war began. * and this newspaper seems to have nothing to commemorate it!!!!!waky fest is all over, barry h. o'bama is all over and they're doin' their best to promote him, but damn! june 6, 1944 was a rather important occasion!

bearded_gnome 9 years, 10 months ago

wow,and just think, they want to put the "open" shelter at 13th right up against this trail. hmmm ...geee ... wonder what that'll do for the trail? ***without the irresponsible shelter, I think this is a nice project, but some of the plans for three places along the trail really seem extreme and way beyond what's necessary. and, note that on either side of this trail, the sidewalks will almost all be: gone; disreputable; or unusable.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 10 months ago

am not as such opposed to this trail. just:I think in the plasns for this there's way too much fluff at two or three points;there are sidewalks crying out for help for decades that would make walking through the city safer and easier;and, this as we are considering a dim future for the T?also, putting the "open shelter" there will make the trail less useful for most of us.

lawrencechick 9 years, 10 months ago

Uh....there is still a half finished trail in West Lawrence. Can we finish one project before starting another.

Baille 9 years, 10 months ago

Yep. Ames, IA is a great example. Lots and lots of bike trails, bike paths, and bike lanes that cut all through town and hit most of the places where one would want to go. Enough bike routes so that serious cyclists, recreational riders, and working people can get around town by bike. Last time I was there I saw several workers hauling loads by bike around town. Very cool.Of course such is not the stuff of our slouching towards Olathe-West and it is difficult to see how our cancerous- growth promoting developers will benefit from accommodations for bicycles so of course there will be strenuous opposition. Knee-jerks galore.

hubcap 9 years, 10 months ago

The more bike trails we have,the better.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 10 months ago

The headline should read: "City wins tax payer-subsidized government give-away for East Lawrence hike, bike trail. $850,000 in tax payer dollars needed to fund wasteful debacle"

Steve Jacob 9 years, 10 months ago

Guessing construction materials are about 20-30% higher from the beginning of the year, so that $350K is an outdated number.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 10 months ago

hawk,I fear you may be right here. besides, we already have the levee for walking/biking. yes, I was lamenting the fact that money was going to this trail when sidewalks all over that part of town are missing or disreputable. how can I be so astute? well, guess it just comes naturally. putting the "open" shelter there, right on the trail, is such a wonderful idea. it'll just make young mothers so happy to take their broods to walk and stroller on the trail. it'll just really encourage disabled persons to use the trail because the homeleess never see them as easy marks or easily pressured to "give" handouts. and the guests of the shelter will be so well groomed and so well behaved that people will flock to the trail just for the general ambiance of friendly happiness. ***sometimes homeless are on the levee, apparently en route to and from their living places along the rivier/dam. there'll be a lot more of them on this trail in this article if the "open shelter" goes to 13 and oregon.

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