Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Details of major highway expansion projects were announced in Wichita by Gov. Sam Brownback.
The projects include a $116 million improvement on I-235 at the Kellogg interchange and a four-lane reconstruction of U.S. 54 in Sedgwick County. Other work in the region will improve stretches of U.S. 54 in Kingman and Pratt counties, K-96 from Hutchinson to Sterling and U.S. 50 at Newton.
The Wichita appearance by the Governor kicks off a four-day, five-city tour to announce projects funded under the state’s transportation program T-WORKS. The Governor touted the economic benefits of the projects he is announcing this week.
“Not only will these projects enhance safety for Kansans and visitors to our great state, they also will create thousands of immediate jobs during construction,” Gov. Brownback said. “And, more importantly, once completed they will provide the infrastructure needed to create long-term economic opportunities that will have a lasting impact on the Kansas economy. And that’s why I included the implementation of T-WORKS in my Road Map for Kansas.”
The T-WORKS program was passed by the 2010 Legislature and is smaller than the 1989 and 1999 transportation programs when adjusted for inflation. Secretary Miller said that while available funding limited the number and scope of projects, those being announced this week garnered public support in regional meetings.
“We know these are projects you want because during the five-year planning effort, we conducted dozens of public meetings around the state with thousands of Kansans and you told us what was important to you,” said Secretary Miller.
“Local input is a significant factor in the selection process for these projects, along with engineering considerations and economic impacts.”
The list of expansion and modernization projects announced today can be viewed on the T-WORKS website at http://www.ksdo.org/t-works/. Projects for other regions of the state also will be posted on the T-WORKS website and updated daily after announcements.
The Governor’s announcement schedule for the rest of the week is:
o Wednesday – Fort Scott, 1 p.m., KDOT subarea office, 847 U.S. 69
Highway. Projects for Southeast Kansas will be announced.·
o Wednesday – McPherson, 3:30 p.m., park across from S&R
Warehouse, 1442 N. Centennial Drive. Projects for North Central
Kansas will be announced.
o Thursday – Dodge City, 10 a.m., United Wireless Arena, 4100 W.
Comanche. Projects for Northwest and Southwest Kansas will be
o Friday – Kansas City, Kan., 10 a.m., Kansas Speedway
administrative offices, just north of the I-70/110th Street
interchange. Projects for Northeast Kansas will be announced.
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer's Comments On Kellogg Projects;
The City of Wichita offers its sincerest thanks to Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller and the Kansas Legislature for today’s announcement of significant transportation enhancements for our community.
Allocations from the T-WORKS program will bring long-awaited solutions to priority transportation needs on West Kellogg at I-235 and East Kellogg from the Kansas Turnpike to K-96.
Good things happen when local, state and federal governments work together. Over the past couple of years, the Kansas Department of Transportation made a good-faith effort to listen to the concerns of Kansas citizens during many hearings around the state. The input from those meetings is reflected in the Governor’s announcement today.
The big winners are Kansas motorists who will drive on quality roadways, and the Kansas economy, which will be strengthened by one of the best transportation systems in the country.