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
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.
|2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1||2019 Q2||2019 Q3||2019 Q4||2020 Q1||2020 Q2||2020 Q3||2020 Q4||2021 Q1||2021 Q2||2021 Q3||2021 Q4|
|Create Stakeholder Engagement Plan|
|KDOT & FHWA Review Meeting of Stakeholder Engagement Plan|
|Elected Official Coordination|
|Stakeholder Meetings||As needed and requested|
|Community Presentations||As needed and requested|
|Kiosks or Community Displays at Community Events*|
|Project Website Launch|
|Informational Fliers Distributed*|
|Compile Final Public Engagement Report/Log||Ongoing throughout project|
|Initial Start-Up Activity||Event/Activity||Meeting||Presentation||*Dates for these activites are subject to change.|
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.