U.S. Highway 59

Location: Ottawa to Lawrence, Kan.

Client: Bartlett & West Engineers

Completion Date: 1999

Burns & McDonnell served as the environmental subcontractor in determining potential alignments for U.S. Highway 59 between Ottawa and Lawrence, Kan. The new roadway would be a freeway on new alignment to replace the existing two-lane U.S. Highway 59 with Interstate Highway 35 east of Ottawa, Kan. Burns & McDonnell initially prepared an analysis for the alignments to identify existing environmental constraints and to aid in the selection of a roadway alignment that would avoid sensitive resources.

Burns & McDonnell was selected in 1999 by the client engineering firm and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the upgrading to four-lane and relocation of U.S. Highway 59 between Ottawa and Lawrence. The project was to upgrade this 18-mile section to a controlled access, four-lane, divided highway. Important issues in the area included land use, endangered species, relocation of homes, cultural resources and wetlands. Burns & McDonnell environmental staff examined alignments and reviewed and incorporated information on air quality, noise, natural resources, socioeconomic issues, hazardous waste, solid waste and energy use. More than 17 alignments were assessed in the EIS, which includes a detailed alternatives analysis and proposed mitigation measures.

Burns & McDonnell participated in a public hearing after distribution and review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). This gathered input from the public and interested regulatory agencies. The DEIS is being revised based on public and agency comments. A Final EIS and Record of Decision will be prepared during late 2002.

  • Environmental assessment
  • Alternatives analysis
  • Endangered species
  • Cultural resources
  • Socioeconomic analysis
  • Public involvement
  • Native vegetation location
  • Wetland issues
  • Corridor study
  • Floodplain analysis
  • Environmental justice