Governor Laura Kelly announces eight highway improvement projects in eastern Kansas
Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced that eight freeway expansion and modernization projects in eastern Kansas – totaling more than $ 297 million in investments – have been committed to construction under the Kelly administration bipartite transport plan.
“These eight road improvement projects will improve accessibility and road safety to recruit new businesses and families in eastern Kansas,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “From day one, we’ve honored our commitment to end the practice of using infrastructure dollars for projects they were never intended for – and using those dollars to directly repair our roads, bridges and expand broadband access. Today’s announcement is further proof that our commitment to the good stewardship of these funds benefits our communities, taxpayers and businesses.
These are the first IKE motorway modernization and extension projects that KDOT is undertaking to build. Previously, these projects were part of the IKE development pipeline.
The largest project presented at this event is the replacement of the Polk-Quincy viaduct in Topeka and the extension of the six-lane I-70 from MacVicar Avenue to Topeka Boulevard. The works will remove a steep curve on the viaduct while providing improvements for motorists crossing or entering the city center.
Others include a diverging diamond interchange at US 40 / K-10 near Lawrence, widening sections of K-7 and shoulders in Crawford and Bourbon counties, and sections of passing lanes on the ‘US 400 in Greenwood, Neosho and Cherokee counties.
“This week, we are announcing projects totaling nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars as part of the Kelly Administration’s transportation plan,” said KDOT secretary Julie Lorenz. “This significant investment in the state’s transportation infrastructure proves that by listening to the Kansans and working with communities, we can do more projects and identify better ways to do them.”
The projects announced today in Topeka are currently scheduled for leasing in 2023, with the exception of Polk-Quincy which will be leased in 2024.
As promised, a phase of all T-WORKS projects will be leased to construction prior to the start of construction of IKE projects. KDOT will be holding local consultation meetings this fall to identify additional regional priorities to add to the development pipeline and continue to work on projects put into development in May 2020.
The photos below from the event are available to the media: