Today's discussions about the South Lawrence Trafficway could pave the way for an agreement that will benefit both Lawrence and Haskell Indian Nations University.
A meeting today of the Haskell Indian Nations University Board of Regents is a pivotal event for the South Lawrence Trafficway.
The Haskell regents have a full day of meetings scheduled with people who will offer differing perspectives on the trafficway. For the first time, the full board will meet with county, state and federal officials who see 31st Street, just south of the Haskell campus, as the most feasible way to complete the traffic loop and tie the trafficway into Kansas Highway 10.
Other sessions are scheduled with groups that have cultural and environmental concerns about the trafficway plan. During an executive session, the regents also will hear from a consulting firm hired to review various proposed routes for the trafficway. By the end of the day, the regents should have comprehensive knowledge of the trafficway plans and how important the completion of this project is to Lawrence.
The South Lawrence Trafficway history is well-known to most Lawrence residents, but the information that will be presented today will be new to many Haskell regents, who deserve credit for being willing to delve into these issues and reconsider their earlier rejection of a 31st Street route for the trafficway. Without an agreement with Haskell the road cannot be built as currently designed, so the regents hold the key to the SLT's immediate future.
Today's meeting is a wonderful opportunity for people on all sides of this issue to discuss their mutual goals and concerns. Hopefully, the Haskell regents and various highway officials can reach an agreement that will benefit both the American Indian university and the city it calls home.