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TRAFFICWAY INPUT PERIOD EXTENDED

February 8, 1996

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Anyone who missed earlier opportunities to tell South Lawrence Trafficway planners where to put the eastern leg of the road will get another chance.

Federal Highway Administration officials in Topeka say the public comment period for the project's supplemental environmental impact statement has been extended to March 6.

After agreeing to take public comment through Jan. 4, trafficway planners had said that a one-month extension requested by federal agencies would apply only to them. That gave federal agencies until this week to file their comments on the SEIS.

However, the Environmental Protection Agency, whose staff was furloughed twice during congressional budget battles, has requested and received another extension, which pushes the deadline back to March 6.

In addition, David Geiger, the FHwA's division administrator in Topeka, says the extended comment period is open to the public.

``We couldn't have a different comment period for the federal agencies,'' Geiger said.

More than 700 people already have filed comments on the SEIS, which evaluates three routes the trafficway might take from U.S. Highway 59 to Kansas Highway 10. Trafficway planners are considering alignments along 31st, 35th or 38th streets.

John Pasley, Douglas County's trafficway project manager, said all state agencies that reviewed the SEIS have submitted their input but none stated a preference for any of the alignments.

Pasley said this latest extension means that agency officials won't be able to deliberate on a choice of route until at least the first of April.

Anyone still wishing to express an opinion on the SEIS may write to Pasley at the Douglas County Public Works Department, 1242 Mass., Lawrence 66044.

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