Kansas governor announces highway improvement projects across the state

July 12, 2021

24 Expansion and Modernization highway projects total more than $776 million in investments

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly recently announced a total of 24 Expansion and Modernization highway construction projects—totaling more than $776 million investments—have been committed to construction as part of the governor's transportation plan.

Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) staff worked with community leaders to help identify regional transportation priorities and determine cost-effective ways to deliver them, KDOT says.

“Announcing this first round of projects for construction as part of the Kelly Administration’s transportation plan is the next step in KDOT’s commitment to invest in our state,” KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz said in a statement. “These statewide improvements support communities and help meet current and future transportation needs.”

Urban projects include the first express toll lane on U.S. 69 in Overland Park, a new Polk-Quincy viaduct in Topeka, a new diverging diamond interchange east of Lawrence, and major improvements to the I-235 North Junction in Wichita.

In rural areas, 20 projects across the state will focus on adding or extending more than 26 miles of passing lanes on numerous highways, rehabilitating and adding shoulders on more than 40 miles of highway, and widening/adding shoulders on more than 22 miles on sections of K-7.

KDOT says it will also keep its promise to let to construction one phase of all T-WORKS projects before construction begins on highway improvement projects.

Funding the Kelly Administration’s transportation plan allows more projects to be included in the development pipeline through the life of the 10-year program, KDOT says.

A full list of projects can be found on Governor Kelly's website.


SOURCE: Office of Gov. Laura Kelly