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REPORT ON TRAFFICWAY SET FOR MONDAY RELEASE

March 20, 1999

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A draft of a federally mandated report on how the completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway would affect the historical, spiritual and cultural aspects of Haskell Indian Nations University will be released Monday.

Its authors had hoped the draft report, called a 4(f) statement, would be completed by Friday, but a cover letter was not ready, said David Geiger, Kansas division administrator for the Federal Highway Administration.

"We just ran out of people to do that," Geiger said.

The 4(f) statement will include a description of how Haskell is affected by the sight and sounds of a trafficway built along 31st Street. It will have a description of how those effects might be lessened through barriers like earthen berms, walls or vegetation.

Also included will be a new noise study of the project area.

The 4(f) statement is one part of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed eastern leg of the trafficway. The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement outlines the impact the proposed road would have on the surrounding area. It was required because the trafficway was built in part with federal funding.

The 4(f) statement will be mailed Monday to 28 county, state and federal agencies for comment. Copies also will be mailed to the Lawrence Public Library, the Kansas University library, Haskell's library and the State Library in Topeka for public viewing.

The county will hold a public information meeting on the statement in April.

The county will have 45 days in which to get comments on the statement. Those comments will be included in a final version of the document.

-- Kendrick Blackwood's phone message number is 832-7221. His e-mail address is kblackwood@ljworld.com.

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