Category Archives: In the News

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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Kansas Fact Meter – KDOT’s praise of state highway system misleading: Topeka Capital-Journal – Sept 10, 2016

Portion of interstate rated in ‘good’ condition actually fell from 2015 The Kansas Department of Transportation touted in a news release the percentage of the state’s highway in at least good condition and declared success by exceeding quality performance targets. … Continue reading

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Road raids – Run on transportation funds leads to poor jobs performance: Garden City Telegram – Sept 1, 2016

Not only was Kansas’ job growth rate in July the worst in the nation, it lost more construction jobs during the past year than any other state. The decline is due in part to the state’s struggling economy. But it’s … Continue reading

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Kansas DOT to delay FY2017-2019 large projects due to low highway fund revenues: Better Roads News – April 26, 2016

Kansas welcome signThe Kansas Department of Transportation is delaying for fiscal years 2017-2019 two categories of road projects, modernization and expansion, due to low State Highway Fund revenues. KDOT says these types of projects are “generally the larger projects under … Continue reading

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