Kelly announces infrastructure projects

On Thursday, Gov. Laura Kelly announced that three-quarters of a billion dollars would be spent to improve roads across Kansas.

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July 9, 2021 - 10:51 AM

Stopping in Dodge City, Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita, Gov. Laura Kelly announced more than two dozen transportation projects to improve safety and accessibility. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Construction on nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in modernization and expansion projects for critical Kansas roadways will soon be underway across the state, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday.

Eight projects are planned in eastern Kansas, nine out west, six in the south-central region and one significant project in the Overland Park area, Kelly said during a stop in Topeka. Efforts include expanding historically deadly road shoulders, adding new passing lanes on narrower highways and updating interchanges.

Out of every $10 spent by the state in the 1950s and ’60s, as much as $3 was spent on transportation, Kelly said. By 2018, that number had dropped to 70 cents out of every $10, she said.

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