Kansas

There's been talk around Kansas City of the need to modernize the outdated Turner Diagonal on I-70 for at least eight years. Then, about three years ago, stakeholders learned of the availability of a federal grant, applied and were awarded it. for at least eight years.

Gov. Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Secretary Julie Lorenz announced on May 14 that preliminary engineering work will begin on 40 highway modernization and expansion projects. These are the first projects to move forward under the Eisenhower Transportation Legacy Program (IKE), which was created in March.

Hutton, a design and construction firm headquartered in Wichita, Kan., announced it began engaging employees and their families in its McPherson office to package The Outreach Program meals in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The nutrient-dense, shelf-stable, easy-to-prepare meals are in high demand in Kansas and across the United States by food banks and senior-service agencies who serve a vulnerable, elderly population.

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during devastating floods last spring remain vulnerable to high water.

Foley Equipment, Kansas' and Western Missouri's Caterpillar dealer for more than 80 years, announced on March 23 that Steven Liggett is joining the company as chief financial officer. He will be responsible for leading Foley's finance functions and operations including accounting, tax, credit and FP&A.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT), will temporarily close portions of the 1,601-acre Elwood Bottoms Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Site/Wildlife Area in the next few months for construction of the Corps' St.

Trail King Industries Inc. , a North American trailer manufacturer of open deck and materials hauling trailers serving a wide variety of markets, announced the recent hire of Mark Hartman, who joins the Trail King Sales department as a district sales manager.

Takeuchi-US, a manufacturer of compact equipment, has introduced Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc. as a new dealer supporting the Kansas City, Kan., market. Although a new dealer in the area, Kirby-Smith has been part of the Takeuchi dealer network for several years.

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) of Greater Kansas City, along with The Nutter Foundation, held the inaugural Dozer Day in the Kansas City area. The event was held Oct. 5 and 6 at the Kansas Speedway and benefits children's charities.

The team at Central Power Systems & Services welcomed customers to an open house on Sept. 5 at its Wichita, Kan., branch on 3305 S. West St. Guests were treated to a BBQ lunch and were able to enter drawings for various door prizes and a Yeti cooler, as well as some Central Power Systems swag.

Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc. announced the promotion of Chuck Riddle to Governmental Sales Manager. Riddle had previously served as Governmental Sales Manager of Oklahoma. With this expanded role, he will now oversee all governmental sales activities for the company's 11 locations throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri.