Garden City Officials in southwest Kansas are applauding the state's transportation plan that calls for expansion work on southwest Kansas highways.
Four-lane upgrades are planned for U.S. Highway 50 between Cimarron and Dodge City, and for about 10 miles along U.S. Highway 54 from Liberal toward the northeast in Seward County. State officials said the work could begin by 2014.
The 16-mile four-lane expressway construction project between Dodge City and Cimarron is estimated to cost $69 million. The Garden City Telegram reports that a U.S. Highway 54 project will cost about $59 million. And a five-mile project along U.S. Highway 83 to add passing lanes costs about $19 million.
The projects were announced by Gov. Sam Brownback and Transportation Secretary Deb Miller in Dodge City during a five-city tour last week.