KDOT project on track after March suspension
Eighty-four state road preservation projects totaling $86.5 million, including one Shawnee project, that were suspended in March due to budget cuts are back on track.
The projects were included in the comprehensive transportation program T-WORKS, signed into law last week by Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson.
The $8.2 billion program was passed by the 2010 Kansas Legislature. One major T-WORKS component was highway preservation; $4.6 billion will go toward ensuring every mile of Kansas highway will receive preservation work during the 10-year program.
Secretary of Transportation Deb Miller said at the beginning of the year the state had planned to do 1,600 miles of preservation work, but that number was reduced to 700 because of budget cuts.
KDOT has rescheduled 70 of the suspended projects in its June bid-letting. Bids will be accepted on 10 more of the projects before the end of the calendar year and the remaining four will be let in 2011.
Preservation work includes such projects as overlays, sealing, pavement patching, crack repair and bridge repairs. The projects that will be let in June include bridge deck repairs to the Johnson Drive bridge over Interstate 435 in Shawnee, as well as two other Johnson County projects: surface improvements Kansas Highway 10 between Kansas Highway 7 and I-435 and surface improvements for three miles of U.S. 69 from 159th Street to the north.
A complete list of the rescheduled projects can be viewed on KDOT’s website at ksdot.org under “Recent News Releases.”