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TRAFFICWAY PLANNERS DRAFTING SCHEDULE FOR SEIS

February 12, 1995

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South Lawrence Trafficway planners say they're in the process of drafting a schedule for public input on the supplemental environmental impact statement.

John Pasley, Douglas County's trafficway project manager, said he and other officials would grant a request by Haskell Indian Nations University to set a May 5 deadline for submitting information that will be included in a draft of the SEIS.

The schedule that will be released next week by the Federal Highway Administration will set a date for a public hearing on the draft, Pasley said.

The SEIS will determine the route that the trafficway takes from U.S. Highway 59 to Kansas Highway 10. Haskell has opposed an alignment along 31st Street, which would run through the southern end of the campus, near sacred sites.

Also under consideration are alignments at 35th and 38th streets, through the Baker Wetlands. Baker University prefers the 31st Street route, opposes 35th and has given conditional support to 38th.

At a meeting Feb. 1, officials said they had hoped to release a draft in March and hold a hearing in May. However, Haskell is preparing a biological inventory of its wetlands and has commissioned an archeological study that the university wants included in the SEIS.

The Kansas Department of Transportation also is awaiting the completion of noise, traffic and soil studies.

Haskell has asked that the public hearing on the draft SEIS be delayed until fall to allow students, who leave town for the summer, to participate.

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