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SLT on KDOT's to-do list

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The South Lawrence Trafficway project is the second most expensive project on the state's transportation to-do list that was released Wednesday.

The estimated construction costs for the nearly six-mile stretch is $150 million, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

That was No. 2 behind the Johnson County Gateway interchange project at Kansas Highway 10 and Interstates 435 and 35 junction, which will cost $250 million.

KDOT put together a list of more than 430 projects that are under way or will be within the next year or so with a total pricetag of $1.1 billion.

“The majority of these projects are considered preservation work and will protect the investment Kansans have made in their transportation system,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King. “But there are also some big projects that will expand capacity on some of the state’s busiest corridors and spur economic development," he said.

The contractor for the SLT is scheduled to be picked in September 2013 with construction scheduled to start later in the year and completed by October 2016.

Last month, the more than 20-year legal battle to stop the SLT from running through the Baker Wetlands ended.

Gov. Sam Brownback has said building the SLT was one of his top highway priorities within the state's comprehensive transportation plan.

KDOT also included the $17 million interchange at Bob Billings Parkway and the SLT in west Lawrence in its priority list. That project is scheduled to start in the spring of 2014 and completed in late 2015.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 5 months ago

wow, only one comment on this ...

after all the hoopla!

bearded_gnome 2 years, 5 months ago

Gov. Sam Brownback has said building the SLT was one of his top highway priorities within the state's comprehensive transportation plan.

---and he's so supported by the environmental crazies and their manipulated indians.

I wonder if the 100million plus factored in the cost of: salamander wranglers, clearing people throwing themselves throwing in front of bulldozers, etc.?

wh do I think that there's going to be a lot of disruption attempted against this project? can't imagine why.

Liberty275 2 years, 5 months ago

If google earth's route is to be believed, the SLT jogs north a little east of osdahl. I really don't see the purpose of that. I support the SLT, but I don't see why it has to be pushed up close to 31st. I suppose the topography could be the reason, but it all seems sort of flat. It's almost like it was planned to cut through some of the more used portion of the wetlands while for less money it could avoid that.

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