Sound Off

Sound Off: Is there any chance the Douglas/Franklin County line road going west of the new U.S. Highway will ever be paved? This road gets a lot of traffic and is very dusty.

Keith Browning, Douglas County public works director, provided this answer: Neither Franklin County nor Douglas County plans to pave this road in the foreseeable future. Franklin County maintains the road from U.S. 59 to two miles west, while Douglas County maintains the road for the next 1.5 miles west. The latest Douglas County traffic count was 44 vehicles a day about 2.5 miles west of U.S. 59. This represents a very low traffic count that would not justify the cost of paving or maintaining a paved road.


kernal 6 years, 3 months ago

Welcome to rural life in the Great Plains! Be thankful it is a county maintained road; otherwise, you'd be paying to have it graveled out of your own pocket.

Jeremiah Jefferson 6 years, 3 months ago

Uh yeah, 4 new lanes from Ottawa to Lawrence. Id say there is no chance as there will be no money left to do that. Besides, thats what you suburbanites get when you decide you want to buy up all land and break it down into 5, 10, and 20 acre tracts in the country. Before you know it country living will not start untill a few miles south of Ottawa and 10-20 miles west of Topeka

straightforward 6 years, 3 months ago

I get such a kick out of suburbanites who think they would like the idea of living in a small town but then complain about the things small towns lack or the things we do differently.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 3 months ago

When I was young and living in the country, words had slightly different definitions. If a road was dirt or gravel it was called a "road". And if it was paved it was called a "highway", regardless of what the state called it.

We had "a couple of ruts" and "trails" too, but those are other subjects.

patkindle 6 years, 3 months ago

on a just as important note

About 300 nude bicyclists have ridden through the Peruvian capital of Lima to call attention to safety conditions and demand measures protecting cyclists.

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