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The state is looking to purchase land to complete the South Lawrence Trafficway. Environmental groups are hoping to block the completion of the project.

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Richard Heckler 3 years ago

Fiscal responsible thinkers,environmentalists,native americans and lovers of wildlife would like to see this tax dollar boondoggle put aside. This is a pork barrel project pure and simple.

There are smarter routes to choose from believe it.

Don Whiteley 3 years ago

A greater lie has never been told! This has been needed for 10 years, is needed more today, and will be needed even more in the future. There have been plenty of studies and plenty of money wasted to placate the imitation environmentalists who have opposed this project. Time the State acted responsibly and built it.

tunahelper 3 years ago

This has been needed for over 25 years! the enviro-whackos can go back to New York or California where they belong!

John Hamm 3 years ago

The "lie" is that we "need it here." It should be further south as was proposed by many of the years we've fought it.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 12 months ago

Care to chat with us about your 640K bicycle crossing, Merrill?

50YearResident 2 years, 10 months ago

merrill, you are part of the problem, get it finished.

ljwhirled 3 years ago

This is not a boondoggle for those of us who live in West Lawrence. This will give us easy access to East Lawrence, Eudora and Kansas City.

I could care less which route is chosen, just build the @#$^ thing.

This would dramatically reduce my drive to work (in East Lawrence) every day and will sharply decrease traffic on 23rd St.

Build it, build it, build it.

Kim Murphree 3 years ago

Really...how often do you come to "East Lawrence?" And where do you visit? Inquiring minds want to test the voracity of your statement.

Kim Murphree 3 years ago

Or are you referring to East OF Lawrence as your place of business?

Richard Heckler 3 years ago

"will sharply decrease traffic on 23rd St."

This was been determined long ago not to be true.

Kim Murphree 3 years ago

No, that's not the case. Those who work on the East side can already take Leary Road to Haskell or O'Connell or even further east...they don't have to take 23rd unless they are just ignorant of the roads south of Lawrence. There was an impact study that revealed that traffice on 23rd Street would not be affected by the S.L.T. because so deliveries (the traffic that congested 23rd) were being made to place ON 23rd--in other words, 23rd Street was not being used as an East/West conduit around Lawrence, but rather as an East/West access to businesses on 23rd. That won't change at all. If I want to get to Southwest Lawrence, I take the back roads.

Joe Hyde 3 years ago

merrill is correct. KDOT's initial feasibility studies concluded that the proposed South Lawrence Bypass would trigger a housing development boom in then-rural areas lying west of Lawrence. That housing boom, in turn, would lead to a significant city population spike resulting in more vehicles using Lawrence city streets -- one impact being severe traffic congestion on 23rd St.

The "proof" you demand to see can be found in Lawrence Journal-World archives from the 1980s when local real estate developers began pursuing this bypass ambition.

itwasthedukes 3 years ago

Things are a little different now, wouldn't you say? No housing boom on the horizon, that already happened. Why again does this destroy the environment any more than other roads through the swamp land?

Joe Hyde 3 years ago

merrill is correct. KDOT's initial feasibility studies concluded that the proposed South Lawrence Bypass would trigger a housing development boom in then-rural areas lying west of Lawrence. That housing boom, in turn, would lead to a significant city population spike resulting in more vehicles using Lawrence city streets -- one impact being severe traffic congestion on 23rd St.

The "proof" you demand to see can be found in Lawrence Journal-World archives from the 1980s when local real estate developers began pursuing this bypass ambition.

Ricky_Vaughn 3 years ago

How is research from the 80s applicable today?

Mike Ford 3 years ago

oh, cut schools and close kni....pay for the slt and screw everyone.....

fu7il3 3 years ago

I would bet it gets more use than the new library that people couldn't wait to spend money on.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 3 years ago

I don't need a library. You see, if I want or need a book, I go buy the freeking thing. Purchasing, a form of paying your own way, supports the author and the economic tax base. The library does nothing but suck tax dollars away from other programs to benefit a very few, mostly those who can't or choose not to pay their own way.

We are moving toward an electronic world and throwing 19 million at a new library, used to build a new parking facility which will serve as a base for the money pit of a bus system we have is a huge waste of resources, duplication of services, and an out and out misuse of tax dollars.

Our children are walking to what ever schools are left and many of those in this town continue to be hell bent on supporting those, and attracting those who cant or wont pay their bills.

Noweigh 3 years ago

People claimed the world would end when they built the first leg from the northwest around to Iowa Street. It didn't end and commuters finally got some relief on a logical, much need edroad. Finish this thing, reduce commute times, lessen traffic on 23rd(which it most certainly will do) and get it done before the price skyrockets even more. Absolutely ridiculous that this project has been hijacked the last three decades.

steveguy 3 years ago

Great Great Great news. Long time over due.

squawkhawk 3 years ago

I live in Johnson County but work in west Lawrence. It takes me 30 minutes to get to Lawrence from south OP but it takes me another 20 minutes to get across Lawrence. The streets of Lawrence are a mess. There is too much traffic and not enough alternatives to get across town in an efficient and timely manner, especially when the students are in town. On top of that the 2 minute stop lights at every intersection are infuriating. The planned road continuation would be a benefit to all and greatly reduce the congestion in town. Get 'er done!

Kim Murphree 3 years ago

So, here's what you do...if you are coming in 10 highway...when you get to E1600 Road, which is O'Connell Road turn left and go to 35th to Haskell to North 1100 Road to 59 or if you want to go further west, you can take 59 to the K-10 bypass and hook up there...

kernal 2 years, 12 months ago

And be prepared for gravel roads with little, or no shoulders, and farm equipment until you get to Haskell. Plus, it's 31st St., not 35th St.

George_Braziller 3 years ago

So why don't you just live in west Lawrence and avoid the aggravation? You made the choice to live in one city and work in another.

akuna 3 years ago

This is the enlarged photo? I can't read any of the text on the photo.

Jean1183 3 years ago

Great, send all that traffic down a residential area! Part of that is also chip & seal and part gravel! Very smart.

George_Braziller 3 years ago

It's neither "disease infested" nor a "man made swamp." It's a natural wetland that was drained and turned into farmland. It's just returning back to its natural state.

tunahelper 3 years ago

the same goes for the so-called "sacred Indian Land." just because some Haskell students built a sweatlodge there doesn't mean it is sacred.

juma 3 years ago

Hey, this will help all the homeless get to the new shelter. Will give Brownie more reasons for them to walk from/to Olathe

lunacydetector 3 years ago

just wait....the replacement bridge on east 23rd street is going to take so long to complete, the anti-SLT people will have no voice in the matter because the citizenry will not be listening.

Mike Ford 3 years ago

hey tennesseeraider, tennessee is pronounced tanasi in the Cherokee language. Tennessee, the place where the Yonegeh (white people) ran the people who named the state with one of their words out of the state. Notice any similarities between then and now? thieves in both eras no less.....

Richard Heckler 2 years, 12 months ago

This is a pork barrel project pure and simple.

"KDOT's initial feasibility studies concluded that the proposed South Lawrence Bypass would trigger a housing development boom in then-rural areas lying west of Lawrence. That housing boom, in turn, would lead to a significant city population spike resulting in more vehicles using Lawrence city streets -- one impact being severe traffic congestion on 23rd St.

The "proof" you demand to see can be found in Lawrence Journal-World archives from the 1980s when local real estate developers began pursuing this bypass ambition."

There are 2-3 smarter routes to choose from believe it. Such as the original route established south of the river. Or the I-70 connectors off K-10 to I-70.... which may be underway.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 12 months ago

Bring out your dead (horses)! Bring out your dead (horses)!

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