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KDOT Postpones 24 Projects Due To Funding Uncertainty

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The Kansas Department of Transportation is delaying 24 more road projects due to funding concerns.

KDOT says its future funding is uncertain, so the agency is making decisions about projects on a month-by-month basis.

KDOT spokesman Steve Swartz says 34 projects were supposed to go up for bid in December, but now only ten will move forward. The other 24 projects are postponed indefinitely. Work would have started next summer.

Swartz says postponing the work will save the state about $32 million and won’t cause any safety issues on Kansas’ roads.

"Almost all of the projects that we pulled from the [bid process] are what we call preservation projects, and those are resurfacing projects," he says. "None of them were emergency work."

Only one project in Sedgwick County is on the list of work that will get done. KDOT will spend about $2.7 million to resurface Madison Avenue near Derby High School.

The other projects going up for bid in December are in Leavenworth, Marshall, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Cloud and Chautauqua counties.

Crews will also be replacing signs along roads statewide. The 10 projects moving forward total about $8 million.

Back in April, KDOT delayed 24 highway expansion and modernization projects indefinitely.


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Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.