Douglas County commissioners will discuss signing onto a $709,000 contract for design services on the controversial eastern five miles of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
The contract, which is between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas City, Mo., engineering firm HNTB Corp., provides for updating surveys and designs that were begun four years ago, before the trafficway project stalled.
Douglas County is involved as administrator of the state-authorized funding for the project.
The commission's vote on the contract is significant because opponents of the trafficway threatened to sue if federal agencies don't intervene and prevent Douglas County and KDOT from spending money on the project.
This leg of the trafficway, which would connect U.S. Highway 59 and Kansas Highway 10, would cross the southern end of the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. The road would be built in a wetland area that has spiritual and cultural significance to American Indians.
- Receive petition for enlargement of Wakarusa-Kaw Drainage District and set date for public hearing.
- Authorize staff to solicit bids for noxious weed sprayer contract.
- Consider emergency request from Department of Public Works to decrease the load limit to 8 tons on a timber culvert located southwest of Eudora on N. 1200 Road, less than a mile east of County Road 1057. The move would require Eudora School District buses to travel an alternate route.