Federal Dollars Run Low on Highway Projects

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TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Transportation may not be able to proceed with some transportation projects because the federal highway trust is running out of money.

KDOT Secretary Deb Miller said Friday she has ordered contingency plans to deal with the situation. Typically KDOT bills the federal government between $3 million and $7 million a week for completed projects.

Miller said the situation will have an impact on cities and counties that need federal money to complete local projects.

U.S. Transportation Secretary said the trust fund will run about $8.3 billion short by the end of September. The shortfall will mean short delays, and in some cases a temporary reduction in payments to states for infrastructure projects the federal government has agreed to help finance.