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Officials seek public input on South Lawrence Trafficway plans

August 14, 2000

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State and Lawrence officials wanting to complete the eastern leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway will conduct a public meeting Thursday to get input on their plans.

It is important that the decisions be made in the public eye, said Mike Rees, chief counsel for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

"A lot of people have told me that they are suspicious of government and KDOT, and that the perception to some extent exists that we conduct our business outside of public scrutiny," Rees said.

In attendance will be representatives of Carter-Burgess, the consulting firm that has been hired by the Kansas Department of Transportation to do a study to see if there are American Indian grave sites along 38th Street.

The meeting will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Rees said the event will have an open format with opportunities to speak to everyone as well as a chance to submit comments in writing or to talk with Carter-Burgess representatives.

In addition to guiding the grave study, Lawrence City Commissioner Erv Hodges said he wants to hear from people who are in favor of the trafficway's completion.

"The city of Lawrence needs to stand up and say what we think needs to be done," Hodges said. "I'm hoping the community shows support in solving our problem."

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