Gov. Kelly aims to keep $160 million for KDOT projects

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Governor Laura Kelly is moving money back into Kansas transportation.

Kelly announced a plan to invest $160 million by reducing transfers from the State Highway Fund.

The Governor’s budget increases highway preservation by $50 million.
It also provides $5 million for local bridge improvements and $10 million for improving safety.

Plus, it drives forward four delayed projects including expanding Highway 50 in Lyon County.

Kelly and KDOT praised the work of the bipartisan task force that developed the plan.

Both said our state’s infrastructure is far behind others.

"We have been kind of in a budget deficit situation and taking care of our roads in the last six to eight years just due to our budget situation,” said Sen. Carolyn McGinn (R-Sedgwick). “I feel like this is kind of a new day that we're going to start moving forward on looking at those projects that we didn't finish at t-works."

Since 2011, more than $2 billion have been transferred out of the State Highway Fund.