The SLT Project Overview

The SLT project is focused on improving safety and mobility for the SLT Corridor and the surrounding highway system and to some extent the City of Lawrence. Preparation of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) will build upon the work performed for the EIS reevaluation within the Concept Study, with additional analysis of a range of project funding options.

The SEIS will review the findings of the original EIS, consider the results of the West Leg Concept Study and evaluate new or additional environmental impacts based on new improvement options and/or major changes in the natural environment or communities. The SLT SEIS will evaluate if – and how – upgrading the corridor to a four-lane freeway, modifying access, and exploring new funding mechanisms alter the impacts and recommendations previously identified through the 1990 EIS and 2008 East Leg EIS.

The SLT SEIS Process

Project Schedule

While there has been a lot of work done over the past several years to develop improvement alternatives, the SEIS process involves reviewing the previous work completed, looking for issues that could impact the improvement alternatives, and evaluating the potential funding options as part of the overall solution. There is coordination with many federal and state agencies that needs to occur, along with opportunities for public engagement throughout the project. These steps all take time, and KDOT and FHWA mutually agree that a three-year schedule is realistic to arrive at an approved final Record of Decision (ROD) for the project.

Public Outreach Schedule

Below is the general schedule for activities as we have identified them at this point. We will update schedule if there are significant changes.

SLT Public Outreach Schedule
2018 Q32018 Q42019 Q12019 Q22019 Q32019 Q42020 Q12020 Q22020 Q32020 Q42021 Q12021 Q22021 Q32021 Q4
Create Stakeholder Engagement Plan
KDOT & FHWA Review Meeting of Stakeholder Engagement Plan
Stakeholder Coordination
Advisory Group
Elected Official Coordination
Stakeholder MeetingsAs needed and requested
Focus Groups
Public Coordination
Public Meetings
Community PresentationsAs needed and requested
Audio/Web Meeting*
Kiosks or Community Displays at Community Events*
Surveys
Develop Materials/Collateral/Web
Project Website Launch
Informational Fliers Distributed*
Compile Final Public Engagement Report/LogOngoing throughout project
Initial Start-Up Activity Event/Activity Meeting Presentation*Dates for these activites are subject to change.

NEARLY 250 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING HELD NOVEMBER 14. REVIEW THE SUMMARY DOCUMENTS NOW POSTED.

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SLT Study Area

The overall project study limits begin just north of Interstate 70 at North 1800 Road/Farmer’s Turnpike and extend to just east of the existing K-10/23rd Street system interchange. The project length is 19.0 miles.

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