Category Archives: In the News

Editorial: Kansas is neglecting its highways. Raiding the transportation budget must change: Wichita Eagle, Feb 13, 2018

Whatever our neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri once bragged about, Kansans could always think, “Yes, but our roads are so much better.” That’s no longer the case. Many areas of Kansas have state highways in need of repair or modernization. … Continue reading

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Kansas has spent $3 billion meant for roads on other things. Stopping will be hard: Wichita Eagle, Feb 12, 2018

More than $3.3 billion of your tax dollars meant for highways have been spent elsewhere over the past 20 years. It has gone to shore up other areas of state spending. In turn, the state is delaying nearly two dozen … Continue reading

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Kansas transportation officials push for task force on state’s road needs: Topeka Capital-Journal, Jan 25, 2018

Communities, builders and economic development organizations are pushing legislators to take a comprehensive look at the Kansas transportation needs after the state spent years sweeping highway funds to support a faltering state budget. Members of the Senate Ways and Means … Continue reading

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State groups, lawmakers gather to talk transportation needs, policy: Garden City Telegram, Sept. 28, 2017

As legislators gear up to replace the Transportation Works for Kansas (T-WORKS) program inaugurated in 2010 and slated for termination in 2020, statewide transportation groups and southwest Kansas lawmakers and officials gathered in Garden City Wednesday to discuss regional transportation … Continue reading

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Kansas high court sides with KDOT in condemnation case involving South Lawrence Trafficway: Lawrence Journal-World, Jan 27, 2017

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday sided with the Kansas Department of Transportation and against a Lawrence construction company in a case involving land that was condemned as part of the South Lawrence Trafficway project. Doug Garber Construction Inc. owned … Continue reading

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Brownback asks Trump to save some Kansas highway projects: Garden City Telegram, Jan 27, 2017

Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is hoping the federal government can rescue several critical infrastructure projects that the state can no longer afford. The Brownback administration recently sent what amounts to a wish list to President Donald Trump for inclusion … Continue reading

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Slow road: Brownback heads in reverse in infrastructure investment – Garden City Telegram – Jan 27, 2017

Motorists on U.S. Highway 83 between Garden City and Sublette have cause to be annoyed. The speed limit on a several-mile stretch north of Sublette was dropped to 50 mph several months ago for a road construction project. Slowing down … Continue reading

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Transportation Money OP ED: Hays Daily News – Oct 26, 2016

There is growing anxiety and concern among local communities in our state regarding the transfer of earmarked transportation funds (more than $1 billion in FY 2016 and 2017 alone) to fill holes in the state budget. And while some have … Continue reading

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Not ‘a real bright future’ for Kansas roads: Marysville Advocate – Sept 14, 2016

Budget issues — doing more with less — are probably the biggest changes in the Kansas Department of Transportation over the years, said Doc Lyhane, who retired last week as highway maintenance supervisor in the Marysville office. He retired after … Continue reading

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KDOT sweeps continue to harm our state: Hays Daily News – Sept 14, 2016

Kansas has more than 140,000 miles of public roads — the fourth most in the U.S. Such a massive network requires substantial public investment in maintenance and new projects, and some transportation advocates are worried the state’s revenue crisis will … Continue reading

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