Hutchinson, KS. -- Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King announcing in Hutchinson a new state program to primarily help counties replace bad, deficient bridges.
A KDOT press release says the program is designed to reduce the number of deficient bridges on local road systems while benefiting the state's agriculture industry.
King says it's those bridges Kansas farmers rely on to get the products of the state's number one industry to market. He says too many bridges are no longer able to support farm vehicles being moved from field to field.
The $10 million program will provide local jurisdictions up to $120,000 to replace small bridges that are rated deficient.
The KDOT release says there are approximately 20,000 bridges on Kansas' local road systems and about 18 percent of those are structurally deficient. Of those, about 1,800 to 1,900 would qualify for funding under program guidelines.
Local counties or cities have to provide a ten percent match.