KDOT: Hundreds Of New Projects Will Create Hundreds Of Jobs

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas Dept. of Transportation plans to write more than a billion dollars in checks and, in the process, improve hundreds of roads and bridges across the state and create hundreds of jobs over the next two years.

“The construction work will create jobs for hundreds of workers, who will spend their paychecks in communities all over the state, spreading the benefits far beyond the construction industry,” said KDOT Secretary Mike King.

“But the better news is the long-term job prospects these improvements will help make possible,” he added.

King plans to spend Thursday traveling across the southwest part of the state, announcing the projects during stops in Liberal, McPherson, and Wichita.

KDOT says the projects will "preserve, modernize and expand" both state and local roads, covering 464 highway projects, nearly 200 bridge or interchange projects, and over 1,600 miles of improvements.

It estimates the cost of all of that construction at approximately $1.2 billion, spread over the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years.

“This continues the steady flow of work – and the construction jobs created by that work – under the 10-year T-WORKS transportation program passed during the 2010 legislative session,” said King.