Highway Funding is Dwindling

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA - Kansas transportation officials worry they won't have enough money to pay for planned highway projects because of decreased federal funds. They're hoping Congress can still come up with an additional $120 million to bridge the expected shortfall.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is nearing the end of a
10-year plan approved by the Legislature in 1999 costing about $13
billion. Lawmakers will be asked to approve a new 10-year plan next
year.

Spokesman Steve Swartz said the Transportation Department gets
about $400 million a year from the federal government for construction projects. He says the shortfall could mean canceling or curtailing planned projects.


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