Lawrence considers wetlands-replacement project

Replacing wetlands is part of a construction project that will link Interstate 70 north of Lawrence with Kansas 10 east of the city.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that city commissioners are scheduled Tuesday to finalize a deal to expand the natural areas near the Wakarusa River that are under the control of Baker University. City staff recommends the purchase of 11 acres for the project. The city is on the hook for the project because it will build a street that will disturb about five acres of wetland and stream riparian areas.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is responsible for building about 300 acres of wetlands. They’ll replace the approximately 55 acres of existing wetlands that will be disturbed by the South Lawrence Trafficway project.

Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World