TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) released it’s 2015 Annual Report Tuesday, an assessment of the successes and challenges the department faced over the past year.
On the positive side the department says it completed 1,165 highway projects in 2014, upgraded or improved more than 8,600 miles of roadway and repaired or replaced 653 bridges in the state.
The department also noted that improved cooperation with the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) help push the electronic K-TAG program to total net revenue of slightly more than $94 million dollars as a record 12.9 million vehicles used the K-TAG system this summer alone.
On the downside, the department needs to improve improvements at rail crossings throughout the state, needs more money to build additional passing lanes for rail traffic and better identify high density freight rail corridors.
While progress was made on infrastructure needs like repairing and replacing bridges, the state continued to fall behind in actual repairs from an all time high in 2008 of 87.9 percent of the state’s bridges being considered to be in “good condition” to 86.4 percent last year. The state’s target is to have at least 85 percent of all bridges in good condition.
The agency is also starting in 2015 to implement regionally coordinated mass transit strategies to increase access to public transportation. Bus ridership in 2014 was virtually flat compared to 2013 and down from an all time high in 2012 in urban areas of the state while rural mass transit ridership hit an all time high of just over three million people in 2014.
You can see the full report here.