Kansas Department of Transportation

There's been talk around Kansas City of the need to modernize the outdated Turner Diagonal on I-70 for at least eight years.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.

Incoming Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly named Julie Lorenz to serve as interim secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation on Jan. 10, according to news reports, while Jack Marchbanks is being tapped by Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine as the Ohio Department of Transportation's new director.

Crews from Emery Sapp & Sons Inc. started work in May on the Kansas Department of Transportation's (KDOT) $16 million pavement reconstruction of a 7.12 mi. section of U.S. 169 in Allen County, from Minnesota Road south to Delaware Road. The key element is to replace the concrete pavement on the mainline and interchange ramps and establish a new subgrade base.

Work began on March 13, 2017 on the $20.4 million Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) project expanding a 6-mi. section of U.S. 69 to a four-lane upgradable expressway in Bourbon County, as well as rebuilding or refurbishing several bridges. The work, funded under the T-Works transportation program, was awarded to Koss Construction Co.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is spending $65 million to replace the aging and deteriorating westbound section of the Lewis and Clark Viaduct on Interstate 70, which links Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. Built in 1962, the viaduct is a key transportation structure that stands in the middle of the Urban4 core area.

Twenty-seven projects that will improve intersections and roads in Kansas cities have been selected for funding through the Kansas Department of Transportation's City Connecting Link Improvement Program (CCLIP), which funds improvements to state highways that extend through cities.

NETAWAKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas transportation officials are beginning a pilot project to determine how drones could be used in future road design work. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that last week marked the first time the Kansas Department of Transportation has employed drone technology in conjunction with a road project.

In an effort to reduce congestion, increase capacity and improve travel in east Wichita, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) and the city of Wichita have partnered to provide improvements at the Webb Road intersection and the Greenwich to K-96 corridor.

Two Kansas Department of Transportation construction projects won national awards at the 28th annual American Concrete Pavement conference on Nov. 30 in San Diego, Calif. The South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT) was a gold winner in the Divided Highways (Rural) category.

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has presented its Sustainable Practices Recognition Award to Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. (an ACPA Member) and the Kansas Department of Transportation for their team effort in recognizing and prioritizing sustainable construction practices on the South Lawrence Trafficway (K-10) Project.