Governor Laura Kelly (D) and the Kansas Department of Transportation recently committed to the additional construction of seven highway projects – worth more than $350 million – to the state’s Eisenhower Legacy Transportation or IKE program, which is investing $10 billion over a decade in Kansas surface transportation endeavors.
[Above photo by Kansas DOT]
“When combined with the first two rounds of IKE construction projects, these investments are part of a $2 billion commitment to make our roads safer, reduce congestion, create good jobs, and deliver more economic opportunities,” said Gov. Kelly in a statement.
“Getting these projects to construction will make getting around Kansas safer and easier and will allow the historic economic growth we’ve seen to benefit the entire state,” she added
Gov. Kelly and Kansas DOT Secretary Calvin Reed also jointly announced the final phase of two projects remaining from the T-WORKS program will go to construction in 2026. The two safety improvement projects on K-383 in Norton and Phillips Counties will officially complete the T-WORKS transportation program.
As part of this announcement, Reed encouraged state residents to take part in a series of eight in-person local consult meetings held across the state and one virtual meeting beginning this month.
He explained input from these bi-annual conversations is an important factor as Kansas DOT determines which projects will be constructed.
“[This] announcement represents significant investments in the state’s transportation infrastructure,” Reed noted. “Leveraging partnerships is a guiding principle of the IKE program. When we listen to citizens and work with communities, we are more assured these investments will provide long-lasting benefits for Kansans.”