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40 years ago: 23rd Street to be extended west of Iowa

September 14, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 14, 1971:

Several major road projects were now scheduled for Douglas County, to be completed in the next five to eight years. The most expensive on the list was predicted to be Clinton Parkway, or 23rd Street west of Iowa. The proposed road was described as "extending from Iowa Street some four miles into the country where it will join a road to be constructed by the Corps of Engineers connecting with the proposed Clinton Reservoir." It was to be a four-lane trafficway, jointly financed by the city and the county. County Engineer L. D. Rice gave an unofficial estimate of the road somewhere in the area of $3 million. "We're just not geared for this type of project," countered County Commission Chairman Art Heck. "We haven't been able to put the funds together." The project at the top of the priority list was a three-quarter mile portion of Kasold Drive running from Peterson Road south to Trail Road. Another road, the two-phase 31st Street project, was to connect Haskell Avenue and Highway 59.

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