Archive for Saturday, June 19, 1999


June 19, 1999



  • Douglas County commissioners announce plans for a $3.5 million bond issue for a trafficway connecting Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence and the Kansas Turnpike to the northwest.


  • After fighting off a lawsuit that would have required a countywide vote, officials agree to put the issue on a ballot anyway. County residents vote 13,679-10,815 to appove $4 million in bonds for the trafficway.


  • Haskell students and regents express disdain for the trafficway's effects on wetlands and spiritual areas north of the trafficway's proposed route on 31st Street.


  • Pressured by the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies, the Douglas County Commission orders a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS). A 900-page draft is released in 1995.
  • The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce hosts a ground-breaking ceremony for the western nine miles of the trafficway, which opens to traffic Nov. 22, 1996.


  • The county commission endorses a 31st Street alignment for the eastern leg of the trafficway.
  • A Federal Highway Administration official makes public his agency's intent to withdraw from the project, ending most federal environmental oversight and work on the SEIS, if the state and county agree to request no more federal funding for the road.


  • In response to a lawsuit by American Indians and environmentalists, a federal judge halts work on the project until the environmental impact statement is completed.


  • February: Douglas County commissioners vote to spend $137,497, from about $10 million still set aside for the trafficway, to complete the SEIS.
  • May: The Haskell Indian Nations University regents vote to "totally oppose" the trafficway's construction along 31st Street.
  • May: Gov. Bill Graves tells Lawrence Rotary Club members he will work to see the trafficway completed.

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