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December 28, 2010

KDOT will begin survey activities on Tuesday, December 28, to update survey information along portions of the new corridor alignment for the South Lawrence Trafficway. Visit the link below for more information.

News Release: KDOT Survey Work Scheduled for South Lawrence Trafficway

December 15, 2008

KDOT will begin survey activities on or about Tuesday, December 16, to update survey information along portions of the corridor for the South Lawrence Trafficway. Visit the link below for more information.

News Release: KDOT to Update Survey Information

September 24, 2008

Baker University announced the beginning of work to restore and expand the Baker Wetlands.  This is not the start of building the South Lawrence Trafficway, however.  There are no funds for building the road and there is no schedule for construction.  Visit the link below for more information.

News Release - Baker University to Restore, Expand Wetlands

May 6, 2008

Record of Decision Signed
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the selection of the 32nd Street Alignment B Alternative for the completion of a new section of K-10, commonly known as the South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT). 

The FHWA issued and signed its Record of Decision (ROD) on May 2, 2008 for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Visit the links below for the FHWA Record of Decision and the news release. 

ROD News Release May 6, 2008
Record of Decision
Exhibits
Appendix A
Appendix B

January 2008

Record of Decision Expected in Spring, 2008
The FHWA expects to release its Record of Decision sometime in the spring of 2008.The expected release date was changed due to the additional time needed to review all the project documents and prepare the final decision. Follow the link below to view the updated schedule.
Updated Schedule for Release of the Record of Decision (January 2008)

November 2007

FHWA Releases Final Section 4(f) Evaluation and Adopts the Corps’ Final EIS
Two important developments concerning the South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT) have been announced by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The FHWA has released its Final Section 4(f) Evaluation of the SLT, determining there are no feasible and prudent alternatives to the 32nd St. Alignment B alternative. The determination possibly gives the state the flexibility of using federal-aid highway funds to help build the SLT along that alignment.

In a separate action, the FHWA also announced that it will formally adopt the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS). Federal regulations allow a federal agency to adopt the Final EIS of another federal agency.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Final EIS in January 2003. In its Record of Decision (ROD) in December 2003, the Corps selected 32nd Street Alignment B, allowing the state to build along that route without using federal-aid highway funds. The FHWA plans to issue its own ROD which may or may not be the same as the Corps’. The FHWA can adopt the Corps’ Final EIS, but reach a different conclusion in its ROD. The Final Section 4(f) Evaluation gives the FHWA additional necessary information to make its ROD.

News Release - Final Section 4(f) Evaluation Announcement, November 8, 2007

Final Section 4(f) Evaluation:

1 Approval Letter and Table of Contents
2 Section A – Introduction
3 Section B - 4(f) Properties
3 Section B - 4(f) Properties Continued
3 Section B - 4(f) Properties Concluded
4 Section C – Alternatives
5 Section D - Alternatives Impacts
6 Section E - Avoidance Alternatives
7 Section F - Measures to Minimize Harm
8 Section G – Coordination
9 Section H - Responses to Comments
10 Section I – Conclusions

Appendix A - Baker Wetlands History
Appendix B - Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement
Appendix C1 - Section 404 Permit
Appendix C2 - Section 401 Water Quality Permit
Appendix C3 - Mitigation Plan Illustrations
Appendix D - Historic Agency Coordination
Appendix E1 - Draft 4(f) Comments – Federal
Appendix E2 - Draft 4(f) Comments – State
Appendix E3&4 - Draft 4(f) Comments - County and City
Appendix E5 - Draft 4(f) Comments - Native American
Appendix E6&7 - Draft 4(f) Comments - Universities and Other Organizations
Appendix F - Traffic and Noise Information
Appendix G - Douglas County Administrator Coordination

July 2007

FHWA Revises Schedule
The FHWA has revised its schedule for release of the Final Section 4(f) Evaluation and the Record of Decision due to the extension of the comment period for the draft Section 4(f) Evaluation to January 19, 2007. The FHWA expects to release the Final Section 4(f) Evaluation in August 2007 and the Record of Decision in October 2007. Follow the link below to view the updated schedule.

Updated Schedule for Section 4(f) Evaluation and Record of Decision (July 2007)

 

January 2007

Comment Period Extended to January 19, 2007
In response to public interest, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has extended the review and comment period for its Draft Section
4(f) Evaluation of the South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT) to January 19, 2007. The review and comment period opened November 14, 2006. All comments on the Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation now must be submitted in writing on or before January 19, 2007 to Wendall L. Meyer, Assistant Division Administrator, FHWA, Kansas Division Office, 6111 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66614. Anyone who has questions may contact Mr. Meyer at 785-228-2544. The FHWA will consider all comments received as it develops the Final Section 4(f) Evaluation. For more information.


November 2006

On November 14, 2006, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released its Draft 4(f) Evaluation for public review and comment. Comments must be submitted in writing on or before January 5, 2007 to Wendall L. Meyer, Assistant Division Administrator, FHWA, Kansas Division Office, 6111 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66614. (The comment period was extended to January 19, 2007. See information above.)

Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (as amended) applies specifically to projects involving federal funding for transportation improvements.  It is intended to protect publicly-owned land of a publicly-owned park; recreation area; wildlife and/or waterfowl refuge of national, state, or local significance; or land of a historic site of national, state, or local significance from conversion to transportation use unless two provisions are met:

  1. There is no feasible and prudent alternative to the use of the land from the property; and
  2. The action includes all possible planning to minimize harm to the property resulting from such use.

Please visit the following links for more information or to view the Draft 4(f) Evaluation:

News Release: Comment Period Extended for Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation

News Release: South Lawrence Trafficway Open House

Handout from December 14, 2006 Open House

Displays from December 14, 2006 Open House

News Release: FHWA Releases South Lawrence Trafficway Draft Document

Transmittal Letter

Cover, Signature Page, Table of Contents
Section A: Introduction
Section B: Section 4(f) Properties
Section C: Alternatives
Section D: 32nd St. Alignment B Alternative, Impacts on Section 4f Properties and Environment
Section E: Avoidance Alternatives
Section F: Measures to Minimize Harm
Section G: Coordination

Appendix A: Baker University Wetlands History Since 1968
Appendix B: Feasible Alternatives
Appendix C: Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement
Appendix D: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permit
Appendix E: Keeper of the National Register Response
Appendix F: Determination of Eligibility for NRHP, HINU, and Baker Wetlands

April 2006
In November 2005, the Kansas Department of Transportation received a $1.5 million federal appropriation to resume development of the South Lawrence Trafficway. The funds will not be sufficient to start construction of the project, which was estimated to cost more than $110 million and growing. No funding was included for the project in the ten-year Comprehensive Transportation Program which ends in 2009, so no construction is scheduled. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) became involved as a result of the federal appropriation.

FHWA Intent to Adopt the Approved Final Environmental Impact Statement
In early April 2006, the FHWA issued a Notice of Intent to adopt the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) prepared and approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The FEIS was prepared by the USACE as part of a Section 404 application.

The FHWA will also prepare and coordinate the distribution of a Draft and Final Section 4(f) Evaluation for the project. These documents will evaluate the reasonable alternatives to determine if they are feasible and prudent as they relate to Section 4(f).

After the comment period and the Section 4(f) evaluation, the FHWA will release its own Record of Decision (ROD). The FHWA expects to issue its ROD in Spring 2007.

FHWA Schedule for Section 4(f) evaluation and Record of Decision
FHWA Notice of Intent to Adopt FEIS
Comment Period Announced for Intent to Adopt the FEIS

South Lawrence Trafficway Study Completed
The South Lawrence Trafficway study has been completed. There were no funds identified in the 10-year Comprehensive Transportation Program of 1999 build the trafficway. So, no construction is scheduled. Having an approved location and design concept, however, will enable us to move forward when and if funds become available in the future. This site presents information presented to the public during the study.

32nd Street Alignment B is the selected alignment for a future South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT).
Please click the links below to view the Section 404 permit and the Record of Decision.

Section 404 Permit and the Record of Decision
In December, 2003, the Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the Section 404 permit requested by the Kansas Department of Transportation for the SLT project. The Section 404 permit was the last federal permit required in order for construction to begin on this project.

Concurrently, the Corps issued its Record of Decision (ROD) based on the Final Environmental Impact Statement. Inquiries regarding the Section 404 permit, the ROD, the Final Environmental Impact Statement, or other environmental documents should be directed to Colonel Michael Ross, District Engineer, 700 Federal Office Building, 601 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106

Final Environmental Impact Statement
The South Lawrence Trafficway Final EIS was released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on January 6, 2003

The Final EIS is available in CD-ROM format. To order a copy, please send your name and complete mailing address to:

Kansas Department of Transportation
Bureau of Design, 11th Fl.
700 SW Harrison
Topeka, KS. 66603
or call 785-296-3901

Draft EIS Summary
The official summary of the Draft EIS can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
DEIS Summary (152k)

Seal of the Kansas Department of Transportation