Kansas is an important state. We grow and raise food that feeds the world and more than 600 million dollars’ worth of freight moves across our state every day. Parts of the state are seeing an increase in traffic volumes and the need for economic development have also made it obvious that infrastructure updates are needed.
Those who live and travel in Kansas are about to see some improvements to U.S. 69 and K-99. And although these highways are in different parts of the state, the updates will provide crucial benefits.
|Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. announces U.S. 69 improvements in Crawford County.|
U.S. 69 in Crawford County
Two U.S. 69 projects were announced yesterday, and they are in the Crawford County Corridor. A combined $57.4 million will expand 11.5 miles of U.S. 69 to a 4-lane upgradable expressway for those who travel out of Pittsburg north to the Bourbon County Line. Studies have shown a nearly consistent growth in vehicle traffic and a steady increase is projected. This expressway will increase capacity and support economic development in the area while relieving traffic density concerns around the community of Pittsburg.
It is thanks to the legislature’s commitment to modernizing and expanding transportation infrastructure across the state that both delayed T-WORKS projects are now moving forward.
The estimated letting date for the southern section is Fall 2019 and Fall 2020 for the northern section. KDOT is currently acquiring right of way for this project.
|Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. announces K-99 improvements at the Caterpillar facility in Wamego.|
K-99 Wamego Project
Another project announced yesterday was the K-99 Wamego Project. The city of Wamego, Caterpillar and KDOT have worked together for more than eight years to support the economic development of the area through joint solutions to address an immediate need to route commercial traffic to an improved bypass. KDOT will provide $3.5 million of the $8 million that will help the county sustain its economic growth and improve the quality of life for the residents of Wabaunsee County.
|Secretary of Transportation Richard Carlson and Governor Colyer discuss the K-99 project with locals.|
A segment of K-99 between Wamego and I-70 has been identified for improvements. This section of road will be straightened out and flattened to meet current design standards. Wider shoulders will also be added. The combined improvements will create better stopping distance and help drivers see farther away. This project is nearly four miles long and it will cost around $18.8 million to complete.
These projects are a perfect example of KDOT working with locals to improve our great state.
|Kansas officials tour the Caterpillar facility as seen through this photo of a mirror from one of the Caterpillar machines.|
This project is expected to let in Fall 2020 and will last 18 months. KDOT will begin acquiring right of way later this summer.