The South Lawrence Trafficway won’t be getting a new interchange at Bob Billings Parkway any time soon.
The project — anticipated to cost $10 million — was not among several projects chosen for financing through the federal stimulus program approved this week. The interchange had been among $1.2 billion in projects that had been considered for the initial round of financing of about $280 million.
“In Kansas, we have far more needs than these stimulus dollars can meet,” said Deb Miller, Kansas secretary of transportation, in a meeting Thursday morning in Topeka.
The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $787 billion stimulus program signed into law Tuesday by President Obama.
Two projects with Douglas County ties had been under consideration:
• $10 million for the interchange, a project that had been in the trafficway’s original plans but was eliminated before construction.
• $100 million to add two lanes to an existing six-mile stretch of Kansas Highway 10, either in Douglas or Johnson county.
The interchange project missed out, Miller said, in large part because it was not ready to go, while the five chosen projects are ready to be put out for bid in the coming weeks.
“It was not ready to let for construction, and it would take time to get that ready,” she said.
Projects that secured financing:
• $91 million for U.S. Highway 69, for the corridor from Interstate 35 to 103rd Street in Overland Park, to address congestion issues and support economic development.
• $23 million for Interstate 135/47th Street in Wichita, to rebuild and upgrade the interchange, alleviating a bottleneck and providing a link to an underutilized area.
• $11 million for Kansas Highway 23 in Gove County, to improve safety on 16 miles of a narrow, 50-year-old road.
• $88 million for Kansas Highway 61 in McPherson County, to expand a 15-mile corridor from two lanes to four.
• An unspecified amount to begin expanding Kansas Highway 18, between Fort Riley and Manhattan, to four lanes.
KDOT also will receive $10 million for bicycle/pedestrian trails and depot restoration. Another $16 million will go toward urban transit projects, including $2.8 million for Johnson County, $2.5 million for Topeka and $1.93 million for Lawrence.
The department also is getting about $70 million to use for projects proposed by communities statewide. Lawrence and Douglas County will be competing for some of the $32 million available for areas outside Kansas City and Wichita; Douglas County leaders expect about $8 million to be available for such work in northeast Kansas.
Lawrence leaders have discussed pursuing a planned $6.6 million reconstruction of Kasold Drive, from Clinton Parkway to 31st Street.
Douglas County commissioners, meanwhile, will meet Monday to consider offering local money to help boost the chances of landing stimulus financing for a planned $2.6 million reconstruction of the Farmers Turnpike, from County Road 1029 to trafficway.
Craig Weinaug said that the county could commit some of the $898,433 it will be receiving from the state, after the state erred for several years in distributing revenues from taxes paid on gasoline.
Commissioners meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the county courthouse, 1100 Mass.