TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A three-judge federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that removes a legal hurdle for the Kansas Department of Transportation to finish building a controversial trafficway in Lawrence.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver issued a ruling Tuesday that affirmed the process used by the Federal Highway Administration to select the route for the project. The road will be a 6-mile, four-lane road connecting the existing west leg of the trafficway with Kansas 10 east of Lawrence.
Plaintiffs sought to block the road's construction, contending that it would harm the Baker Wetlands and their cultural significance. The wetlands are south of Haskell Indian Nations University.
State transportation officials say the ruling clears the way for construction of the $150 million project to begin in 2013.