KDOT Considers How to Spend Stimulus Dollars

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas highway officials are making a list of road projects they believe are best suited to be financed by the federal stimulus bill.

Kansas will receive an estimated $350 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for highway projects. Kansas officials say the money could create more than 10,000 new jobs in the state.

KDOT spokesman Stan Whitley said the department's recommendations will be based on input gathered during local meetings in 2006 and 2008 as well as safety, economic and road conditions.

Since last fall, KDOT has built a pool of $1.3 billion in state projects that can be ready to let to contract within the federal bill's timetable.

Besides highway construction money, Kansas is expected to receive about $27 million for transit projects throughout the state.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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