State announces $1.2 billion transportation plan

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Transportation is planning $1.2 billion of improvements to the state’s highways, bridges and other projects in the next two years.

Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King announced the plan Thursday for fiscal 2015 and 2016. The projects include 464 highway projects and 194 bridge/interchange improvements involving about 1,600 miles of roads, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

The largest projects are a $116 million expansion of the Interstate 235/U.S. Highway 54 interchange in west Wichita, and a $95 million expansion of Highway 54 in east Wichita.

Interstate 70 in western Kansas is scheduled for $52.6 million improvements on 11.5 miles in Thomas County near the Logan County line and $43.4 million for nine miles in Gove County near the Trego County line.

Other projects include:

— $43.6 million to modernize an 11-mile stretch of Kansas 7 north from Columbus in southeast Kansas.

— $36.7 million to improve the US 69 Highway bridge over the Missouri River near Kansas City, Kansas, and a $29.6 million project to expand Interstate 70 between the Kansas 7 interchange (Leavenworth/Bonner Springs) and 110th Street near the Kansas Speedway/Legends shopping center in western Wyandotte County.

— A $3.95 million project on an Interstate 70 bridge over Deer Creek near the Carnahan interchange in east Topeka.

— A $1.95 million project to improve U.S. Highway 24 east of Silver Lake and a $1.36 million project to improve Kansas 4 from the Shawnee County line east and north to Auburn Road.

— $1.2 million through a federal grant to restore the historic Santa Fe rail depot in east Lawrence.

— $930,000 for expansion of a 10.5-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 59 in Douglas County northward from the Franklin County line.

— $498,870 for improvement of a two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 40 (Sixth Street) in Lawrence.




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