Nearly two years after the city of Newton began the state-funded Safe Routes to School project to improve pedestrian transportation, the final 265-foot piece of bike path is set to be completed in a project funded by the South Dillons store.

At the Dec. 23 meeting, the Newton City Commission approved a resolution authorizing the extension of the South Kansas bike path from the South Dillons entrance at 1410 S. Kansas Ave. to U.S. Highway 50.

The addition will complete the route intended for students who live south of Highway 50 and attend South Breeze Elementary School at 1020 Old Main St.

The extension will connect to the path already in place, which stretches from Quail Creek north under the Highway 50 overpass.

The South Dillons already funded a sidewalk, which stretches from the north side of the Highway 50 overpass to the intersection of Southeast 14th Street.

City Engineer Suzanne Loomis said the city is trying to get bids for work on the pathway.

She said the city would like the existing contractor, Middle Creek Mining, to tackle the small project, but has yet to finalize a deal.