Kansas awards $932 million to expand, modernize highways

March 18, 2024

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will use $932 million to support 17 highway modernization and expansion projects. The funds allow the state to begin engineering work on the projects.

KDOT added the selected projects to the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program’s (IKE) Development Pipeline. The IKE program is a 10-year, $10 billion state initiative that addresses highways, bridges, public transit, aviation, short-line rail, bike and pedestrian needs.

“These highway projects tackle long-standing transportation needs across the state – improving safety, expanding economic development opportunities, and strengthening our communities,” Governor Kelly said. “My administration is committed to making short- and long-term infrastructure improvements to benefit future generations of Kansans.”

Kansans’ input helped determine which investments were most important to rural and urban communities, according to Kansas Transportation Secretary Calvin Reed. The selection process was flexible to meet economic needs and is based on engineering data, local consultation and geographic distribution.

KDOT will use $200 million to expand U.S. Route 54/Kellogg Avenue in south central Kansas to a six-lane freeway. The freeway is located east of 159th Street and Prairie Creek Road in Butler County.

The state will expand U.S. 54 using $173 million to include four lanes. The project includes portions of U.S. 54 one mile west of State Highway 11 (K-11) and east of Kingman in Kingman County.

KDOT will use $126 million to expand US 75 from Holton north to K-20 in Jackson County to a four-lane expressway.

Photo courtesy of the Kansas Department of Transportation

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