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Forget trafficway

April 21, 2006

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To the editor:

Why not agree on a south-of-the-river bypass and forget the obsolete trafficway concept? Spend tax dollars on a more practical application. Introduce appropriate plans designed to meet future needs, a plan that could bring Johnson, Douglas and Leavenworth counties together as partners. This requires bridges across the river. All three counties would benefit, thus would assist funding the project. Then, turn the entire road project over to the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

A south-of-the-river route would join County Road 1057 and Kansas Highway 10 to carry traffic north to Interstate 70 by way of I-70 connectors meeting a Tonganoxie turnpike interchange.

This concept accomplishes many things. It services:

¢ Johnson and Douglas counties' traffic going to northwest Lawrence or Topeka.

¢ the Eudora Business Park east of 1057.

¢ East Hills Business Park and the southeast Lawrence industrial park.

¢ the Lawrence airport.

And it:

¢ diverts traffic around the city.

¢ keeps the SLT out of the wetlands.

¢ reduces congestion for morning and afternoon commuters.

¢ might save Douglas County taxpayers millions of dollars.

¢ is a practical and prudent use of tax dollars.

¢ eliminates the need for an eastern bypass.

¢ eliminates much large truck traffic on 23rd Street.

¢ allows KTA fees to pay for the highway and the maintenance.

Building a road through the wetlands at any cost at this point in time is simply not prudent use of Douglas County tax dollars.

Richard Heckler,

Lawrence

Comments

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

The bridge to nowhere can be adapted to a change in course no problem. Before KDOT moves on any plan it is my belief a west 15th interchange should be constructed and the soccer intersection needs some very special attention like a pedestrian bridge for one thing.

Why not agree on a south-of-the-river bypass and forget the obsolete trafficway concept? Spend tax dollars on a more practical application. Introduce appropriate plans designed to meet future needs, a plan that could bring Johnson, Douglas and Leavenworth counties together as partners. This requires bridges across the river. All three counties would benefit, thus would assist funding the project. Then, turn the entire road project over to the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

A south-of-the-river route would join County Road 1057 and Kansas Highway 10 to carry traffic north to Interstate 70 by way of I-70 connectors meeting a Tonganoxie turnpike interchange.

This concept accomplishes many things. It services:

¢ Johnson and Douglas counties' traffic going to northwest Lawrence or Topeka.

¢ the Eudora Business Park east of 1057.

¢ East Hills Business Park and the southeast Lawrence industrial park.

¢ the Lawrence airport.

And it:

¢ diverts traffic around the city.

¢ keeps the SLT out of the wetlands.

¢ reduces congestion for morning and afternoon commuters.

¢ might save Douglas County taxpayers millions of dollars.

¢ is a practical and prudent use of tax dollars.

¢ eliminates the need for an eastern bypass.

¢ eliminates much large truck traffic on 23rd Street.

¢ allows KTA fees to pay for the highway and the maintenance.

Building a road through the wetlands at any cost at this point in time is simply not prudent use of Douglas County tax dollars.

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wonderhorse 7 years, 12 months ago

I mean that we (or should I say "I") voted for a 32d street SLT. That's why that bridge is there. Build the road.

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kcwarpony 7 years, 12 months ago

What do you mean "We voted on that stupid road 15-20 years ago, and agreed where it should go"?

Voted for the SLT, yes we did. Agreed where it should go, nope, sure didn't. Someone decided for us.

"Col. Donald R. Curtis Jr., district engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said he decided the 32nd Street route would be shorter, safer and cheaper than a 42nd Street route south of the Wakarusa River."

Corps selects route for SLT http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2003/dec...

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wonderhorse 7 years, 12 months ago

Richard

We voted on that stupid road 15-20 years ago, and agreed where it should go. Let's build what we voted on...

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blue73harley 8 years ago

Just a reminder that you still have plenty of time to voice your opinion to the Feds about which route you prefer. Here is how...

But I agree with you Luny, the road is way overdue.

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lunacydetector 8 years ago

isn't it wonderful that KDOT has decided to bypass lawrence and all of our crazies by putting in a bypass through eudora?

this is what happens when people who are divisive, mean spirited and illogical try to circumvent the status quo who voted for the SLT over 20 years ago - and we still don't have a road.

you snooze, you lose lawrence.

another example of doing business with:

lawrence, kansas business UNfriendly

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craigers 8 years ago

unconservitieveperson, you ought to just shut up. Just comment on the topic not the person. I'm glad you are adding to the discussion. Pilgrim, we both know that those who are weak in character have to insult others to make themselves feel better.

I would have to say that another toll road isn't what everybody wants. I know I don't like taking the turnpike because that just adds two dollars or more to an already expensive trip due to gas. I would just like to see the trafficway connection actually connect to K-10 like it was designed to. Whether it goes south of the river doesn't really matter.

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unconservitiveperson 8 years ago

What do you know? Oh, I know.....you are going to heaven because you give tithe to your redneck church... Hey- you need to know that your religion is a crutch for your weak mind!!!

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Pilgrim 8 years ago

And what if all those folks don't want to get on a toll road, Richard? This really isn't much different than taking the Turnpike to I-435 in order to get to Johnson County, and that is a very inefficient way of getting there.

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