SLT Project FAQs2018-10-16T20:10:29+00:00

The SLT Project FAQs

What is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)?2019-01-03T22:10:52+00:00

An Environmental Impact Statement or EIS is a document required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for certain projects that include federal funding or require federal action, such as from the Federal Highway Administration. The EIS  evaluates the impacts a proposed improvements will have on the natural and man-made environment. It is designed to help agencies, elected officials, and the public make sound decisions for the project and its surrounding area. An EIS is one type of environmental document necessary to secure federal clearance and funding for transportation improvements.

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What is a Supplement to an EIS (SEIS)?2019-01-10T19:35:20+00:00

A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) reviews the findings of an existing EIS to consider new or additional environmental impacts based on the introduction of new improvement options and/or major changes in the natural environment or communities. The South Lawrence Trafficway SEIS will evaluate if – and how – upgrading the corridor to a freeway, modifying access, and exploring new funding mechanisms alter the impacts and recommendations previously identified through the 1990 EIS and 2008 East Leg EIS.

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What will the SEIS evaluate?2019-01-10T19:34:05+00:00

The current SEIS, as a supplement to the original 1990 EIS, will evaluate a ‘No Action’ alternative as well as a combination of potential funding options for the entire SLT study area. Roadway configuration options will be evaluated, including upgrading the West Section as a freeway with controlled access and the interchanges at West 6th Street/U.S. 40, Bob Billings Parkway, Clinton Parkway, an interchange between Wakarusa Drive and E 1200 Rd/Kasold Drive, and at U.S. 59/Iowa Street. Also, interchange alternatives at I-70/East 600 Road/Lecompton Road and K-10/I-70/North 1800 Road will be considered.

Why is there another study?2018-10-09T20:44:46+00:00

KDOT conducted the K-10 West Leg Concept Study from 2014-2016, which proposed adding two new lanes between I-70 and US-59 and modifying existing access through reconfiguration of existing interchanges, removal of at-grade intersections, conversion of existing at-grade intersections to new interchanges, and adding new interchanges to improve safety and traffic flow. During this study, an environmental reevaluation of the past NEPA decision for the West Leg was initiated to assess changes since the time of the initial 1990 EIS. In the spring of 2016, the public raised concerns regarding K-10 access at Farmer’s Turnpike that led to the Federal Highway Administration recommending additional evaluation of the proposed alternatives and the study area through a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The SEIS will review the concept alternatives and evaluate the entire corridor for impacts, and identify ways to minimize or avoid impacts to sensitive project environmental features within the project footprint.

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What are the physical limits of the study?2018-10-19T20:52:28+00:00

The overall project study limits