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 40 years.
“Funding has been cut tremendously in KDOT,” Lyhane said. “The highways are starting to show what happens when they are not properly maintained. It is not the fault of the local guys. Complaining to them is like preaching to the choir.
“For years we could buy what we needed to get a job done, within reason. Now we do more with less and try to accomplish the same result. With lack of funds to do an overlay, they look at cheaper alternatives, and that is not always the answer.”