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Reason Foundation’s 25th Annual Highway Report finds North Dakota, Missouri, and Kansas have the nation’s best state-owned road systems in the report's overall rankings of state highway performance and cost-effectiveness. In terms of return on investment, New Jersey, Alaska, Delaware, and…
November 20, 2020
Kansas DOT demonstrates disaster response, inspections using drones
Image: Kansas DOT via Twitter (@KDOTHQ)
The Kansas DOT’s (KDOT) Division of Aviation completed a field exercise recently in Rossville to demonstrate the capabilities of drones being used for infrastructure inspections and disaster response. Bridge inspectors, public safety officials, universities, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS)…
November 06, 2020
Kansas DOT Cost Share Program recipients announced
Image: Office of Gov. Laura Kelly
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announced this week the statewide recipients of the Kansas DOT’s Cost Share Program. These 24 projects total more than $20 million in transportation investments statewide. KDOT says the Cost Share Program provides funding to local…
July 10, 2020
Gov. Laura Kelly recently signed bipartisan legislation that creates the new 10-year Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program in the state of Kansas. “This fiscally responsible program provides a visionary approach so that Kansas has the flexibility to address immediate needs and secure more…
April 06, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly introduces new FORWARD transportation plan
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly introduces new FORWARD transportation plan. Image: @GovLauraKelly via Twitter
Gov. Laura Kelly and Kansas DOT (KDOT) Secretary Julie Lorenz this week announced a new transportation program—dubbed FORWARD—as part of the Transportation Day activities at the Kansas State Capitol. “Key features of FORWARD include a flexible, responsive rolling program where major projects are…
February 13, 2020
Kansas DOT announces $5 million in Local Bridge Replacement funds
Photo: KDOT Twitter
Twenty-seven counties will receive a combined total of $5 million under the Kansas DOT’s Local Bridge Improvement Program. Requests for transportation funding outpaced available funds by nearly three times. The selection of the local bridge projects was announced by KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz. “…
October 30, 2019
Protecting Roadside First Responders Act
Image courtesy: Kansas DOT
A new bill has been introduced in Congress called the Protecting Roadside First Responders Act, which is designed by bill sponsors Sen. Dick Durbin (D. - Illinois) and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D. - Illinois) to reduce first responder roadside casualties by establishing a new national road traffic safety…
October 21, 2019
The Kansas DOT has launched a new program designed to provide state funding for transportation projects while also leveraging local and private funding. The new Cost Share Program will provide funding to local entities for transportation projects that improve safety, support job retention and…
September 05, 2019
The second full day of sessions and exhibition hall camaraderie passed almost too quickly. So many things were happening at once, it was, as is usually the case at conferences such as this, necessary to miss more than you could take in. The choices were tough, but there was much to consider and…
June 07, 2019
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is continuing to monitor and assist states with responding to flood and storm-damaged roads and bridges in the Midwest.   According to a release from the FHWA, record-setting storms and flooding this season have resulted in the closures of dozens of road…
May 31, 2019
Genie Lift Pro training now includes supervisor training course that meets ANSI requirements March 18, 2019—The new ANSI A92.22 standards for safe use and ANSI A92.24 standards for training carry with them some major changes and substantial additional requirements for training, with new…
March 22, 2019
Amtrak announced this week that it will provide matching funds to enable a federal grant to be awarded for safety and reliability upgrades on the Southwest Chief route in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. Earlier in the month, Congress passed an appropriations bill which included critical funding…
February 28, 2019
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