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The South Lawrence Trafficway represents the missing piece in
the otherwise highly efficient system connecting the economic, educational and
residential centers of southern Johnson county, Lawrence, Topeka and
Two major roadways connect these communities: K-10 and the
Kansas Turnpike. Both are high-speed, four-lane freeways carrying much of the
traffic that fuels the economy of northeastern Kansas safely and efficiently.
But to transition between K-10 and the Kansas Turnpike, drivers
must use Lawrence city streets. This poor connection not only slows down
traffic, it contributes to air quality problems and increases the likelihood of
an accident on the streets of Lawrence.
KDOT has an obligation to make the Kansas transportation system
function safely and efficiently, and to weigh the environmental and cultural
consequences of the South Lawrence Trafficway project. KDOT takes these
obligations seriously. An environmental impact study was conducted to assess
the potential impacts of the project and offer measures to minimize or balance
the effects of the new road.