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County wants to have 31st Street extension discussion with city leaders

March 25, 2008

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City, county to discuss 31st St. extension

Douglas County commissioners want a joint meeting with the Lawrence City Commission to discuss extending 31st street from Haskell Avenue east to O'Connell Road. Enlarge video

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The eastward extension of 31st Street from Haskell Avenue to O'Connell Road should be the subject of a meeting of city and county leaders, Douglas County commissioners say.

County leaders think the entire 31st Street route east of Iowa Street should be considered in planning the extension. The county is interested in a possible extension of the street to Douglas County Route 1057, about two miles east of O'Connell Road.

"I think we need to look at the broader footprint," Commissioner Charles Jones said.

County commissioners met Monday morning with Keith Browning and Chuck Soules, the county and city public works directors, along with city consultants working on a 31st Street extension plan.

The city has $800,000 earmarked for the planned expansion of 31st Street to O'Connell Road. The funds could be used for preliminary engineering design, right-of-way acquisition and some construction. The project would be administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The city plans to set up a steering committee to work with consultants on planning, such as identifying an alignment for the street extension to O'Connell Road. Currently 31st Street ends just east of Haskell at the west entrance to Mary's Lake.

County commissioners, however, said they might be willing to pay for a study on extending the street to Route 1057, which runs north and south. Browning said he would work up a series of questions and issues that a study should address and have them ready by next week.

"If you can come up with a rough estimate of how much that study would cost, then we can work with the city and figure out how to cobble our resources," Jones said to Browning.

In other business Monday:

¢ Commissioners agreed to waive the bidding process to purchase a Manatron tax information system and related Internet services for an initial cost up to $424,000. The system retains land ownership records and is used, in part, to calculate assessed values, produce tax rolls and tax bills. Several county offices use the system. It will replace a system that has been in use since 1982. The maintenance contract on the old system will expire in a few months and cannot be renewed, commissioners were told.

¢ Commissioners appointed Paul Liechti, Lawrence, to a vacancy on the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department Board of Directors.

Comments

sjschlag 6 years ago

Build it!

23rd street is already a mess. Hopefully extending 31st will get some more traffic off of there. I try to explain to all of my environmentalist friends that this thing needs to be built. Oh well, there is no compromise with those folks sometimes. They wouldn't even accept a road on stilts through the wetlands, even though it would probably bring more folks there to enjoy it.

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cool 6 years ago

another project courtesy of Mayor Hack, the 1/3 city financed Oread Hotel.

see www.oreadinn.com

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marvin hall / school of architecture 1:30pm Saturday April 5, 2008 at 1:30pm A presentation by the students in KU Professor Barry Newton's 2nd year graduate studio, "other oreads".

Come and see the alternate design schemes, which adhere exactly to the program of the proposal for the Oread Inn, but ook at different ways it could be formed in relation to its site. Lawrence Preservation Alliance, as is consistent with its mission, supported the Lawrence Historic Resources Commission in its concerns & rejection of various aspects of the proposals for the Oread Inn, by attending related city meetings, offering testimony and written statements. Even though the Inn's plans have been accepted, we thought you might find the ideas of Newton's students interesting and informative.

LPA announcement.

parking on Jayhawk Blvd., Memorial Drive, or behind Carruth O'Leary.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 6 years ago

59 highway goes to 6th and Iowa and then meanders through 6th street and then north Lawrence, if that isn't screwy I don't know what is..

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nrvana8775 6 years ago

All of the plans are based on Horizon 2020, which used city data from the 90s to project growth. Growth in the south and west will definitely slow.

Also, do you guys really think all of these JOCO folks are going to stay in the West if property taxes keep increasing? Isn't that who this is meant to benefit, the west side people?

Have fun with all of the extra traffic brought about by a connection to us-59 and the nafta superhighway.

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Thats_messed_up 6 years ago

We need to get rid of the four way stop at 31st and lousiana and the 3 way stop at 31st and haskell and install a more modern human traffic cop to direct traffic one vehicle at a time. We also need to destroy one lane of 31st street and provide signal men and follow-me vehicles to direct one way traffic alternately as now that crazy 2-way traffic is moving waaay too efficiently through those intersections. We also need to increase the size of the trucking operation just north on haskell because we just installed brand new curbs which provide another 3 inches of road width thereby tripling the capacity of Haskell. I'll be watching from KC when the 31st extension opens in 2024. It's so exciting to see the leaps and bounds of progress here in Lawrence!
The last eleven years of 2-lane commuting from prairie park to Topeka will definitely be sorely missed when I'm living in Olathe NOT logging in to this paper to find out the latest chapter in how F'd up this half-a$$ed town is.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 6 years ago

31st should have been extended a long time ago. instead the commissioners, county and city, and the chamber of nothingness were all extending their hands into our pockets for frivolity while they continued to study this or consider a study, or waste money on repeating studies all the while the city of Lawrnce continued to use the five target neighborhoods as whores to get federal monies to squander on salaries at city hall.

Nothing like living in a town that should be called: The Emperors Club. Name five emperors? That would be easier than five community leaders.

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gccs14r 6 years ago

"Yep, now THAT is practical. Rip out a road that has been there for thirty plus years."

Just because there has been a road there for awhile doesn't mean that there has to be a road there. Some states are removing river dams to restore fisheries, and dams cost a lot more than a mile of 2-lane blacktop.

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blue73harley 6 years ago

I think the "highest" city leader may be the Honk for Hemp guy. People generally follow his guidance.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 6 years ago

Who are the city leaders? I have been asking my friends and even Dolph's acquaintances and trying to find out the names of the top five leaders. So far, no names have emerged. Who are the leaders, the city leaders in this discussion?

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Richard Heckler 6 years ago

It should be interesting when the commissioners dictate the tax increase for this road extension and then come around again to fund the $200,000,000 bypass.

Plus the $42 million North Lawrence Project then tax dollars for the maintenance of all the new infrastructure.

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blue73harley 6 years ago

Dorothy - improving the existing intersections at 31st at both La. and Haskell has been suggested many times but the city and county commissioners have refused to do anything until the SLT proceeds. I was hoping that they might use some of that $800K grant money by putting lights and turn lanes at these intersections but it doesn't look like that will happen.

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northtown 6 years ago

Blue Harley is correct,to many greenies wanting to protect a mudhole,Oh pardon me Wetland,manmade from farm ground.It will never happen,and if it does,giet ready more tax dollars leaving your hands. Oh what a wonderful town Lawrence Kansas has turned into!!!!!!!! Good Luck!!!!!

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Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Following the extention of 31st which in and of itself increases the cost of community services, will be more: water and sewer lines streets and repairs houses public schools fire stations law enforcement manpower sidewalks snow removal bike trails and cross walks Traffic signals Traffic calming developers requesting more tax dollar assistance(new infrastructure) for their warehouses and retail strip malls. *In general increases the cost of community services to all taxpayers. ========================== Yes the real estate industry now has NW Lawrence public schools filled up. So now BOD members are back again discussing boundary changes = more bus travel = more tax dollars = more tax increases. Or maybe another public school building. Ready yet to make builders/the Chamber/real estate executives pay impact fees yet? ========================= Recall the commissioners! They promised they would not support tax hikes yet most every project on the table requires tax dollar spending.

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twaldaisy 6 years ago

Agreed Harley. The people turning left from 10 to Oconnell have to use the shoulder as a turning lane. Not real bright planning. Of course not that long ago Oconnell was a dirt road and hardly anyone had to turn onto that road.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 years ago

Why not put a light at 31st and Louisiana? That would help with traffic flow, but then there wouldn't be as many complaints.

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logrithmic 6 years ago

Turning 31st Street into the SLT would be just fine with me. Blue Harley is right. It would be cheaper and it would protect the wetlands.

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blue73harley 6 years ago

Opps, of course I meant O'Connell...and I think a light is needed there already. Lots of traffic off K-10 already turns there. It was stupid to not add turn lanes from both directions at this intersection.

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blue73harley 6 years ago

Yep, now THAT is practical. Rip out a road that has been there for thirty plus years.

You might as well get used to 31st getting extended to McConnell Road. That will happen with or without completion of the SLT.

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twaldaisy 6 years ago

And then as people are driving to Oconnell Road to 10 hiway, we can pay for a light at that intersection. Oh and let's not forget to build houses and duplexes to sit empty next to the new road to show how much Lawrence population is growing.

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Jean1183 6 years ago

Build it!!!

31st Street was the original route for the SLT over 20 years ago. Yes....blue, it made too much sense and they hadn't wasted enough of our tax dollars yet.

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gccs14r 6 years ago

The existing road shouldn't have been put in. I would tear it out. Having 31st between Louisiana and Iowa is fine. Extending it past Prairie Park would destroy one of the last remaining quiet areas in town.

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blue73harley 6 years ago

And a simple glance straight ahead shows that you are already driving on an existing road. Figure it out. Expanding the existing roadbed would be less intrusive and more economical than ANY of the other options. But what the hell, it ain't ever going to be built. Not in my lifetiime. Thanks to a bunch of no-progress, tree hugging jerks.

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gccs14r 6 years ago

31st runs through the wetlands. A simple glance past the north shoulder reveals that.

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blue73harley 6 years ago

Because a 31st St. alignment makes too much sense.

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logrithmic 6 years ago

Why not make 31st Street the SLT and save the wetlands?

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