Archive for Saturday, October 25, 2008

A breakdown of the SLT plan

The latest legal battle in the history of the uncompleted South Lawrence Trafficway is set to begin.

October 25, 2008


Get ready to hear all about 32nd Street.

As a lawsuit over the uncompleted South Lawrence Trafficway progresses, 32nd Street may become the most discussed road in the city's history.

Thirty-second Street is the numerical label given to the route that federal, state and county leaders want to use to complete the South Lawrence Trafficway project.

But where is 32nd Street and what would it include? Here's a look at some of the basics:

¢ The route would be about 600 to 800 feet south of the existing 31st Street, which would run the road through the Baker Wetlands.

¢ The existing 31st Street - between Haskell Avenue and Louisiana Street - also will be moved about the same distance to the south, creating a situation where the new 31st Street will run parallel with the new South Lawrence Trafficway. The existing 31st Street roadbed will be removed, and the right of way will revert back to Haskell Indian Nations University.

¢ Haskell Avenue - between 31st Street and the Wakarusa River - would be moved about 1,000 feet to the east, creating more of a buffer area for the wetlands. A new interchange will be built to connect the trafficway with Haskell Avenue.

¢ Louisiana Street - between 31st Street and the Wakarusa River - would be moved about 2,500 feet west of its current location. The relocation would make room for manmade wetlands to be created.

¢ In total, the project plans to build 304 acres of manmade wetlands in the area surrounding the current Baker Wetlands.

¢ 12-foot walls would be built alongside portions of the trafficway to protect sensitive areas from excessive noise.

¢ The Kansas Department of Transportation would create an annuity to be controlled by Baker University to provide for maintenance of the wetlands. The funding also would include money for a cultural/wetlands education center to be built just west of the wetlands.

¢ The mitigation package also would include money for new hike and bike trails, new pedestrian access points on the northeast and northwest corners of the wetlands, and campsites and new parking areas to serve the wetlands.


cowboy 9 years, 7 months ago

man made and man maintained , note the bulldozers out a few times last year to dam up the canals again , if not the overwhelming drainage would cut a drainage channel to the wakarusa and they would be reverted to lowlands not wetlands. Seems this place could be made into a very useful "wet park" and serve both historical purposes , wildlife purposes , and be transformed into something the public could utilize more than the current swamp configuration.

SMe 9 years, 7 months ago

Well bartstop I'd rather see that than the 31st St alignment.

GOPConservative 9 years, 7 months ago

Let us pray to God and all that is holy that Jim Flory does not get elected to the County Commmission. If he does, this thing will never get built. If Flory is involved, the national media will make it out that Flory, who is has a notorious reputation for abuse of Native Americans, just wants to make trouble for HINU. Flory has already come out with his usual viciousness about this issue. We need peace and healing in our community, not another attack on Native Americans by Flory. All Flory will do is distract from the progress that has been made and bring in unneeded national media attention. That will doom this project to the scrap heap of history Let's get this thing built without stirring everything up again. The last thing we need is for the General Custer of our time to be on the County Commission as a reminder to the HINU Community of his previous outrages against Native Americans. Let's elect peacemakers to the County Commission who believe in compromise, not confrontation, and who don't have all the anti-Native American baggage of Flory.

hujiko 9 years, 7 months ago

Those people who have the "Save the Wakarusa Wetlands" bumper stickers are actually preventing the wetlands from growing and prospering, so I hardly see that as "saving" them.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 7 months ago

Why elect new faces to the county commission who are willing to blindly accept a decision made over 20 years ago? This is the same as adopting the Bush mentallity of "stay the course" which has the nation in financial ruin.This is a wetlands/flood area simple because it is one of the lowest points in Douglas County. Any type of farming was not successful because of flood waters that migrated to this low point.I say choose other route plans instead of blindly accepting a decison made more than 20 years which is nothing more than adopting the Bush mentality of 'stay the course". This plan is old and in the way. Why do elected officials aka politicians not trust the taxpayers to make a more prudent decison that which would be selecting a site void of any environmentally sensitive areas?Provide taxpayers with 3 new plans that will facilitate traffic at todays demands, completely void of environmentally sensitive areas. Show the voter taxpayers some respect.Attach with these 3 new plans real dollar numbers because we all know dollar numbers with age are no longer viable.Voters do away with the Bush mentallity of "stay the course" which has the nation in financial ruin. It is time to take our county back!

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 7 months ago

Good job merrill you made this issue about bush. Dude your hate thing is wearing thin, I think you should seek some mental health support.

David Albertson 9 years, 7 months ago

I moved out of Lawrence partly because of the traffic. This argument should have been settled long ago. Sh!t or get off the pot.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 7 months ago

"All that area was prime crop growing land up untill the 70s"And what was it before it was drained in order to farm it?This "man-made" nonsense is just a typical propaganda tactic. Repeat a lie often enough, and it becomes the "truth."

ridinthefence 9 years, 7 months ago

Should have been built back in the late 80's. BUILD IT..........

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