Governor Laura Kelly joined Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz to announce the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) plans to invest $160 million in revenue that is included in the Governor’s FY 2020 budget for transportation.
The $160 million comes from reducing the amount of money transferred out of the State Highway Fund. Since 2011, approximately $2 billion has been transferred out of the State Highway Fund, causing costly project delays, reduced highway preservation work, a decline in the health of our highway system and an inability to plan for future projects.
“With this $160 million in revenue, we will strengthen our highway system, take steps towards completing T-WORKS, and provide resources to communities across the state,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “These are important steps forward, but to be clear, we still have a long way to go in order to get our transportation system where it should be.”
With the $160 million in FY 2020, KDOT will:
• Increase the highway preservation investment from $350 – $400 million
• Move forward with four delayed T-WORKS projects:
o US-54 in Seward County (Expansion project; let for construction Fall 2019)
o US-169 in Anderson County (Modernization project; let for construction Fall 2019)
o US-281 in Russell County (Modernization project; let for construction Spring 2020)
o US-50 in Lyon County (Expansion Project; let for construction Spring 2020)
• Reinstate the Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program
• Implement a new cost-share program for state/local partnerships
• Enhance its safety program
• Increase City Connecting Link maintenance payments
• Increase funding for modal programs (e.g., transit, aviation, rail and bike/pedestrian)
These investments begin to implement the recommendations from the Joint Legislative Transportation Vision Task Force that met last year.
“We look forward to working with communities and our partners across the state to deliver these investments,” said Secretary Julie Lorenz. “We know that funding reductions have impacted the health of our system. I’m so pleased to work with Governor Kelly to take this important step forward to achieving the goals the task force laid out and improving our state’s transportation system.”