As Gov. Mark Parkinson uses money from the state highway fund to help fill an expanding financial pothole in the state’s operating budget, the Kansas Department of Transportation is hitting the brakes on $86 million in maintenance projects.
Among them are jobs that would have been contracted during the next few months in Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth and Shawnee counties.
“Kansas citizens, communities and businesses won’t get the kind of services they’ve gotten in the past,” KDOT Secretary Deb Miller said, noting that her department’s construction spending in real dollars had sunken to levels below those in the 1970s. “Considering the winter that we’ve had, Kansans are going to see rougher pavement and more potholes, and we’re going to be very limited in our ability to address them.”
Among projects suspended Friday by Miller:
• $6.4 million total for patching and marking concrete on Interstate 470, from Interstate 70 east to 21st Street in Topeka; and on I-70 from Danbury Lane to Adams Trafficway, including ramps.
• $211,000 to install a cable median along U.S. Highway 75 in North Topeka, north from just north of Soldier Creek to 35th Street.
• $6.4 million to patch, resurface and otherwise rehabilitate Interstate 435 from its junction with Kansas Highway 10 north to 87th Street, and from the interchange with I-35 east to Antioch.
• $1 million to resurface a 4.6-mile stretch of K-10 in Johnson County, east from near the east side of Kansas Highway 7.
• $5,974 to apply a chip seal to Kansas Highway 32, from U.S. Highway 24 to the Douglas/Leavenworth County line, then another $508,089 to extend the work 15 miles east to Bonner Springs.
• $2.4 million to add a thin asphalt surface to U.S. 24 at Kansas Highway 16 east to the Leavenworth/Wyandotte County line.
• $418,000 to add a thin asphalt surface to U.S. Highway 73, from the Wyandotte/Leavenworth County line north to Gillman Road.
• $66,454 to seal cracks along Kansas Highway 192, from the Jefferson/Leavenworth County line east to U.S. 73.