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SLT ranks 5th on KDOT list

October 8, 2009

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KDOT’s top 5

Kansas Department of Transportation’s top priorities for future highway projects in urban areas:

1. Reconstruct the interchange at Interstate 70 and Kansas Highway 7, at Bonner Springs in Wyandotte County, $300 million.

2. Rebuild and add capacity in the area of Interstate 435, from U.S. Highway 69 to Quivira in Johnson County, $23 million.

3. Add capacity along U.S. 69, from 119th Street to I-435 in Johnson County, $250 million.

4. Rebuild and add capacity in the area along Interstate 435, from Interstate 35 to I-435 and Kansas Highway 10 in Johnson County, $600 million.

5. South Lawrence Trafficway, a new four-lane highway to run from U.S. 59 to K-10 in Douglas County, $150 million.

Completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway rates among the state’s top five priorities for future urban highway improvements, a list expected to form the basis for a proposed new highway program.

The estimated $150 million project ranked No. 5 on a list of 42 projects that would cost a combined $4.9 billion, the Kansas Department of Transportation disclosed Wednesday.

The list — along with a compilation of rural projects that would cost $5 billion — represents the culmination of three years worth of public meetings, engineering evaluations and economic analyses designed to create a plan for a future statewide transportation program. The Kansas Legislature will be expected to discuss possibilities in 2010.

The trafficway project would extend the existing highway for 7 miles between U.S. Highway 59 at the southern edge of Lawrence to Kansas Highway 10 near Noria Road, just southeast of town.

The project has long been absent from formal department plans, considering that it has not identified financing for construction. The project also faces a federal lawsuit, filed by plaintiffs whose objections include opposition to the highway’s planned route through the Baker Wetlands.

The No. 5 ranking shows that the project has local support, economic need and engineering justification, said Corky Armstrong, engineering manager for the department’s State Road Office.

“I think it shows there’s a lot of interest and a lot of need in doing the trafficway,” Armstrong said. “There’s a number of projects that are ranked a lot lower than that. Personally, I’m pretty pleased to see it that high.”

Also included on the list, at No. 16: $10 million to build an interchange where the existing trafficway would intersect with Bob Billings Parkway, in western Lawrence.

The list is by no means final. Officials plan to continue gathering public input as they push for a state transportation program. The next public meeting to discuss potential projects and the process for selecting them is set for 1 p.m. p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Ramada Inn in Topeka.

Comments

average 5 years, 2 months ago

I am not a highway engineer, but is $150 million even close? Seeing that the list has $300 million to rebuild one interchange (Bonner Springs and the turnpike)? Versus a seven-mile totally-new alignment with at least interchanges at the ends?

Or does this list only count the KDOT contributions, and they expect federal funds (but none for Bonner)?

Kyle Miller 5 years, 2 months ago

“I think it shows there’s a lot of interest and a lot of need in doing the trafficway,” Armstrong said. “There’s a number of projects that are ranked a lot lower than that. Personally, I’m pretty pleased to see it that high.”


Darn right there is alot of need! There has been forever! Anyone that tries to come down Haskell, 31st, or heck, Louisiana for that matter between 4-6pm on weekdays will know exactly why its needed!

gccs14r 5 years, 2 months ago

It's only $150 million because it'll be just two lanes, just like the deathtrap on the west side. Then, when there starts being a monthly fatality on the road, there will be a great wailing and gnashing of teeth to get the other two lanes built (which will cause the Bob Billings interchange work to have to be redone). Once it's al done, though, 23rd and 31st will still be just as busy as they are now.

BigPrune 5 years, 2 months ago

The SLT should've been built 20 years ago like it was originally planned as 4 lanes. With all the lawsuits and delays the road's funds dwindled down to nothing so only a 2 lane could be built. I remember the interchange on Clinton Parkway was 4 lanes then KDOT had to tear it all out and reduce the size down to 2 lanes. Now we get the occasional fatal head-on collission. I also remember the enviro-terrorists damaging the road construction equipment during the western leg construction.

When it's all said and done, this thing will turn out like the 6th & Wak Wal-mart, tiny. Much ado about nothin.' Just think about our local protesting comrades next time someone gets waxed in a head-on collision on the road to nowhere. We have only them to thank the road went from safe to dangerous.

Can we the people sue these obstructionists?

quimby 5 years, 2 months ago

Boo Hiss! We don't need more pavement - We need a comprehensive, multi-modal 21st century transportation system that doesn't just account for the car.

bd 5 years, 2 months ago

This town is a joke!!!

Build the stupid road and be done with it!

average 5 years, 2 months ago

@gccs14r -

Not that I should read too much into the reporting above, but the sidebar does say a 4-lane SLT extension for $150mm. That seems improbably low compared to the others.

kmat 5 years, 2 months ago

It's never going to be built. Just keep on whining fools living in western Lawrence that want everything catered to them. Don't like traffic - live in the fricking countryside. Lawrence has a little congestion on 23rd - mainly from all the KU students. It's obvious all the whiners have never lived in a real city. Lawrence traffic is nothing.

Jimo 5 years, 2 months ago

Obviously, KDOT has more money than sense. At a time when people are expected to suffer through budget cuts and taxpayers are going to be paying higher taxes. Unless some bridge is about to collapse, this budget needs rerouted to other parts of the state.

svenway_park 5 years, 2 months ago

Welcome back to the forum Cool/spiderman/jaguar/rusty2/ariadne/bronze/dried oregano

Now as Guy.

Maybe Kealing won't wait so long to kick you off this time, since you are a habitual violator of the Terms of Service.

honestone 5 years, 2 months ago

Despite all of the reasons I think it should be rerouted further south...I have a feeling that just isn't going to occur. To make it a plus for Lawrence traffic the entrances and exits need to be limited. Access at 6th, 23rd, South Iowa and 10 Highway

gccs14r 5 years, 2 months ago

"A private highway system would eliminate these problems. No highway would get built without permission from neighboring property owners since a noise and air pollution easement would be required. Public funds would not be wasted and unnecessary highways would not be built since it would be based on profit and loss instead of which politician can secure funds for his district. "

If that were our highway model, there would be roads only along the coasts and into the interior only to places with extractable resources. Everything else would still be accessed on foot or by horseback, and would be unpopulated. Not that that's a bad plan, but it's about 200 years too late for that.

honestone 5 years, 2 months ago

"consumer1 (Anonymous) says…

If for no other reason, build it to shut up the whiney left and show them who is in charge of this town. Not the handfull of squeaky leftoid freaks but the majority who want it built. Go smoke some more pot, and plan out your next whine session."

What an intelligent thing to say. What is a leftiod freak??? Is it anything like a right-wing a##???

bankboy119 5 years, 2 months ago

kmat,

Have you been to Kansas City? The traffic in Lawrence is worse than the traffic in Kansas City. It's ridiculous. No, we are not as bad as Los Angeles, but there is no reason we should be worse than KC.

svenway_park 5 years, 2 months ago

How many city planning jobs did the arky-tek "guy" apply for and not get hired?

Tell us Guy. Tell us.

whynaut 5 years, 2 months ago

BigPrune says: "Just think about our local protesting comrades next time someone gets waxed in a head-on collision on the road to nowhere. We have only them to thank the road went from safe to dangerous."

consumer1 says: "If for no other reason, build it to shut up the whiney left and show them who is in charge of this town. Not the handfull of squeaky leftoid freaks but the majority who want it built. Go smoke some more pot, and plan out your next whine session."

I say: "I wonder if the only way to slice through broad-minded sensibilities and solid reasoning is with a mind so narrow it comes to a point."

gccs14r 5 years, 2 months ago

No, there would be no Ottawa, or Lawrence, or Salina, or Pratt, or Kingman, or Goodland, or anyplace else in Kansas. There probably wouldn't be any towns between the Appalachians and the Sierras that weren't next to a navigable river. Well, there would be, but they would be French, Spanish, Mexican, British, Portuguese, etc. towns, because those countries would have used tax dollars to build roads. There would be no United States today.

We have Federal roads not only because they're constitutionally mandated, but also because they're a critical component of national defense. Suggesting that privatization would be an improvement is laughable.

speakmymind 5 years, 2 months ago

I could not have been more please to read this project has a good chance of getting started and funding tagged for the SLT Bypass - SWEET!

It's still going to take years to complete and by then Lawrence residents will be walking faster than they can drive on 23rd street.

Intersections at Bob Billings is a wonderful idea, also need an intersection for Kasold, Louisiana and Haskell Ave. New enginering should plan for the future.

lounger 5 years, 2 months ago

To bd=hey if this town is a joke then leave!

The SLT is a waste of 150 million. How about 150 million to buy more green space. Im sure all the haters would just love that. Love nature and it will keep you alive-hate it and your tour on planet earth might be a little shortened. We all need fresh air and a little compassion!!!!

BigPrune 5 years, 2 months ago

whynaut says..."I wonder if the only way to slice through broad-minded sensibilities and solid reasoning is with a mind so narrow it comes to a point.”

I look at everything with an open mind before I make a decision. Your side makes no sense and has no common sense but only uses oxymorons to explain your positions to confuse the public, like "smart growth." Your side is anti-tax abatements, yet one of your ilk is wanting the $150 Million to buy greenspace which would take it off the tax rolls forever - which your side already tried a few years ago. The most ironic thing is most of the vocal anti-growth, anti-tax abatement minority in this town are outsiders who moved here and work for the state government at KU - that doesn't pay any taxes at all!

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