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Grant for Rail Trail awarded to city

A grant could bring a long-discussed bike trail to east Lawrence.

June 7, 2008

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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 a 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.

Comments

monkeyhawk 6 years, 10 months ago

"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."Of course, the city can afford it. Right after the streets are fixed and the SLT is finished - without a tax increase of any kind. If it was a few years ago, I'm sure that the city would be very willing to dip into the waning reserves to fund this boondoggle that will satisfy the recreational needs of 1/2 of 1% of the population. (Smells like the MT.)Word to the city: start saying no to silly, frivolous "wants" and get down to the basics.

grimpeur 6 years, 10 months ago

TIFs for private development of foam buildings are not needed.Bonuses for timely Kasold construction, when we have ever right to expect timely completion anyway, are not needed.Abatements to companies who fail to keep their promises about job creation are not needed.There's your new bike trail and your new fire truck right there.

johnadavies 6 years, 10 months ago

I don't really think it should cost this much but on the other hand why bother now that they've built ugly housing almost all of the way along it; not going to be a scenic drive!

bearded_gnome 6 years, 10 months ago

OMG! two amazing things:somebody uses this comment thread to bash Bush...damn, that never happens. and, I actually agree with marion. concrete! and yet sidewalks all through that neighborhood are missing, disreputable, sunk, mud-covered, broken-up, impassible. simon gilmore, of homeless and mentally ill fame downtown, once was quoted in this paper saying that the reason he walked in the street was because with his low vision, it wasn't safe to walk were the sidewalks were supposed to be! he was rightwe have a traffic safety commission member, part of the leftist fringe that pushed for this concrete monument to waste, who says broken streets serve a useful function as passive traffic calming devices! again, lawrence spends money on frivel, like flowers for downtown, but does not address broken basic infrastructure.
note, they're trying to get the "open shelter" placed at 13 and oregon. that's right on the new fancy concrete spillway/trail. besides, why concrete? composition like what's on top of the levee, on the path there, works well and I bet it is cooler than concrete on a hot day!good job marion, so they can wear their hippie-dippie shoes instead of real walking boots. you got it.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 10 months ago

Swan-diver:given the age of some of the sidewalks in that neighborhood, and how long they've been in disrepair, you should actually be blaming:Jimmy Carter!;or LBJ. put down the kool-aid and walk away! you've obviously imbibed waaaaaaaaay too much! *** just think Marion, you could sell refreshments, patchouli, sandals, incense, bongs, and stupid bumperstickers. you could also sell historic maps, maps that showed where the namesake lived, the site of the former livestock aution barn, the location of the first "open shelter" (1147 oregon if memory serves); the location of the proposed new site for the "open shelter;" etc. people will buy out your first thousand maps in the first two or three days! sorry, should read "bong holders" above. of course, you wouldn't be selling wacky tobaccie, now would you?

Godot 6 years, 10 months ago

Create a benefit district for the neighborhoods near the trail and let them pay for the trail over 10 of 15 years, the same way infrastructure improvements are paid for on the west side of town.

BigPrune 6 years, 10 months ago

It might be more palatable if the trail wasn't named after a drug addicted wife killer who wrote a trippy hippie book.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 10 months ago

p>LJWorld.com doesn't necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post.---indeed.

Bossa_Nova 6 years, 10 months ago

i'll support the trail if it's a nudist only trail.

Bossa_Nova 6 years, 10 months ago

if it's a nudist only trail we can build watchtowers that oversee the trail and can set up pay by the minute binoculars which would use the proceeds to pay for the trail. then we would have a well funded trail without tax dollars. who's with me on this?

bearded_gnome 6 years, 10 months ago

alligators! lolif it's a nudist only trail we can build watchtowers that oversee the trail and can set up pay by the minute binoculars which would use the proceeds topay for the trail. then we would have a well funded trail without tax dollars. who's with me on this?--boxxieyou know, most nudists, you'd prefer they were clothed. and, your plan has one flaw. under the americans with disability Act, your facility is discriminatory against the blind, and must make reasonable accomodations. hint, most blind people read braille.
benefit district? Godot, that presumes that the neighbors were in favor of this. I doubt that. this is another boondoggle of the leftist fringe in this town. tax them to support it. I got a great idea, tax pot to support the trail. "chiggers'n pix." I think I'll open the figleaf concession.

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