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Bids come in low for controversial highway project

Published on -9/19/2013, 11:11 AM

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Bids for the controversial South Lawrence Trafficway came in lower than expected, meaning construction could begin next month.

The Kansas Department of Transportation said on Wednesday that a Columbia, Mo.-based company was the apparent low bidder. Emery Sapp & Sons bid $129.8 million, below the estimated cost of $150 million for the last part of the trafficway. The transportation department will review the bids before officially awarding the contract.

The project will extend the highway from Interstate 70 northwest of Lawrence through the south side of the city, eventually connecting with Kansas 10.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/18desY6 ) the bypass project has been delayed by protests and lawsuits since the early 1990s. A ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2012 ended the legal challenges.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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