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Kansas Governor Announces More Than $930M in Highway Projects Added to IKE Development Pipeline

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Transportation Secretary Calvin Reed announce the addition of 17 highway modernization and expansion projects — a total investment of $932 million — to the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program’s (IKE) Development Pipeline. IKE is the Kelly Administration’s bipartisan 10-year, $10 billion transportation program. …

Final Projects Awarded in Missouri Governor's Rural Routes Program

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awards three projects for rural roads, the final projects awarded in the Governor’s Rural Routes Program. The program, created with Gov. Mike Parson’s signing of the fiscal year 2024 state budget, allocated $100 million of General Revenue funds to the …

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First Express Lanes Project in Kansas is Transforming the State’s Busiest Four-Lane Highway

The busiest four-lane highway in Kansas is U.S. Route 69, a major north-south route that runs through the eastern part of the state. A very large volume of truck, commercial, and commuter traffic passes through the city of Overland Park along the corridor, which stretches from 103rd Street to 179th …

Missouri DOT Selects Two Consultants to Lead I-44 Corridor Study

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announces the selection of two consultants to lead an environmental study of the more than 250 miles of Interstate 44 from the Oklahoma state line to the Route 100 East interchange near Gray Summit in Franklin County. The selected consultants, …

Millstone Weber Selected for the First Improve I-70 Project

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) has selected Millstone Weber as the apparent best-value proposer and design-build contractor of the first project in the Missouri Department of Transportation's (MoDOT) Improve I-70 Program. Negotiations to finalize the contract are currently in progress. Improve I-70: Columbia …

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Seif Named Director of Aviation at Kansas DOT

TOPEKA, KS — Ray Seif was recently named the Director of Aviation for the Kansas Department of Transportation. In his new role, Seif is looking forward to working with local airports across the state.

“It’s important to help airports improve their infrastructure and support the needs of the community,” …

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Kansas DOT Launches New Active Transportation Plan, Strengthening the Environment and Economy

States and communities — in their efforts to build strong 21st century transportation systems — are faced with new challenges, such as a growing population aged 65 and over; the varied needs of rural and urban communities; and leveraging increased funding and resources for multimodal transportation. Increasingly many government agencies …

Missouri Governor's Improve I-70 Plan Receives Federal Funding

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — During his final State of the State Address, Governor Mike Parson, alongside Congressman Sam Graves, announced that Missouri has secured a $92.8 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to improve Interstate 70. Missouri will use the INFRA grant for specific Improve I-70 projects, including truck …

JE Dunn Receives $62.4M Contract for Improvements at Whittaker Courthouse in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) celebrates the award of a $62.4 million contract to JE Dunn Construction Company for building improvements at the Charles E. Whittaker U.S. Courthouse as part of President Joe Biden’s Investing in America Agenda. The federal courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri, …

Nebraska DOT Announces Syslo as New Deputy Director

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announces Mick Syslo as its new Deputy Director of Operations.

Syslo succeeds Moe Jamshidi, who will retire at the end of March 2024. Jamshidi has served as the Deputy Director of Operations for the past 13 years, with over 40 …

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Missouri DOT Accelerates I-44 Bridge Rehabilitation with Innovative Bridge Bundle Design-Build Project

Facing multiple bridges in need of repair or replacement along the Interstate 44 corridor, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) bundled 25 of them and awarded the work as a design-build contract.

“It’s a good way to go to get a lot of bridges done quickly,” said Laurel A. McKean …

Meginnis and Mello Appointed to Nebraska State Highway Commission

LINCOLN, NE — Governor Jim Pillen appoints Richard Meginnis of Lincoln and Heath Mello of Omaha to serve on the Nebraska State Highway Commission. Created to ensure public input in the planning, design, and operation of the state highway system, the Highway Commission acts as a liaison between the …

Missouri DOT Celebrates Completion of Gov. Parson's Focus on Bridges Program

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) celebrates the completion of Gov. Mike Parson’s Focus on Bridges program that restored or replaced 250 of the state’s poorest bridges over the last four years. Established in 2019, the Focus on Bridges program was one of Gov. Parson's first …

Nebraska DOT Deputy Director Jamshidi Receives National Award from AASHTO

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announces Moe Jamshidi, NDOT Deputy Director of Operations, was awarded the Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award by the American Association of Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) during the 2023 AASHTO Annual Meeting.

Established in 1957, the Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award …

Illinois Governor Celebrates Completion of I-280 Over Mississippi River in Quad Cities

ROCK ISLAND, IL — Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) were recently joined by local officials and community leaders to announce the completion of a multiyear project to install a new deck on the Interstate 280 Sgt. John F. Baker Jr. Mississippi River Bridge in Rock …

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Highway 30/23rd Street Reconstruction Project Improves Major Roadway in Columbus

Columbus, Nebraska, is in the eastern half of the state, about 85 miles west of Omaha and 75 miles northwest of Lincoln. The town of approximately 24,000 is located on the Loup River, a tributary of the Platte River. The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) is in the middle of …

USDOT Establishes Partnership with Kansas City to Finance Mobility and Infrastructure Projects

KANSAS CITY, MO — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) established a strategic partnership to enhance innovative delivery and finance infrastructure improvements in Kansas City, Missouri. The Emerging Projects Agreement focuses on Kansas City’s more than $15 billion network of projects designed to improve mobility, connectivity, safety, and equity throughout …

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Kansas Governor Announces $350M in Highway Projects Added to IKE Construction Pipeline

OLATHE, KS — Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Calvin Reed announce seven Expansion and Modernization highway projects — a total investment of more than $350 million — have been committed to construction as part of the Kelly administration’s bipartisan 10-year, $10 billion Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, …

Kansas Governor Announces Launch of $200M Build Kansas Fund to Accelerate Community Infrastructure Projects

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly, alongside the Kansas Infrastructure Hub (KIH), announces the launch of the Build Kansas Fund, which provides state matching dollars to Kansas communities for infrastructure projects approved under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The Build Kansas Fund will invest $200 million directly into Kansas communities …

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Nebraska DOT Holds First-Ever Transportation Summit Focused on Securing Additional Federal Funding

KEARNEY, NE — More than 225 state, federal, and local government officials recently gathered in Kearney for the state’s first-ever Transportation Summit. The event was hosted by the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) and focused on discretionary grant opportunities made available through the Infrastructure and Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) …

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Governor Pillen Joins Nebraska DOT and Local Dignitaries to Celebrate Fremont Southeast Beltway Opening

FREMONT, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), together with Governor Jim Pillen and other local leaders, recently gathered to celebrate the opening of the Fremont Southeast Beltway. Through the collaborative efforts of NDOT, City of Fremont, Dodge County, Lincoln Premium Poultry, and other community investments, work was completed …

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Kansas DOT Adds Restricted Crossing U-Turn to US 73

Aiming to reduce crashes and minimize delays on U.S. 73 (K-7) at Parallel Parkway, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is creating the state’s first Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) intersection in Wyandotte County.

“The goal of this project was to improve safety because there was a history of injuries and …

Iowa Made Record Investment in Transportation Last Year

DES MOINES, IA — The ending of the fiscal year signaled a record level of investment in roads and bridges based on projects awarded through the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). Since July 1, 2022, Iowa DOT awarded over $1.47 billion across 839 projects to improve mobility for travelers …

Nebraska DOT Announces New District Engineers for Southeastern Nebraska

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) names Tom Goodbarn as the new District 2 Engineer and Brandon Varilek as the new District 1 Engineer. District 1 includes 13 counties in southeastern Nebraska and District 2 includes five counties in eastern Nebraska.

Goodbarn succeeds Tim Weander, who …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $8.8M in Grants to Accelerate Innovation in Highway Projects as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces $8.8 million in grants for 10 projects in eight states and the District of Columbia to encourage the use of tools that can improve safety on bridges and in work zones. The grants, which can …

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Kansas Governor Joins Sen. Moran, Rep. Davids to Break Ground on De Soto Road Project Near Panasonic

DE SOTO, KS — Governor Laura Kelly recently joined U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, U.S. Representative Sharice Davids, and other state, local, and private sector leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of the De Soto Local Road Improvement Project.

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) 4.5-mile street …

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Kansas Governor Appoints Reed as Secretary of Transportation

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly announces that she has appointed Calvin Reed as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). Reed has served as Acting Secretary since the departure of former Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz in December 2022.

“Calvin Reed has long worked to ensure Kansas families …

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Iowa DOT’s Project to add Adult Changing Facilities to Iowa Rest Areas Wins Regional America’s Transportation Award

An Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) project won a regional award in the 2023 America’s Transportation Awards competition, created by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state departments of transportation (DOTs) for making a difference …

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I-29 in Kansas City Benefits from Missouri’s Focus on Bridges Program

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has been completing various bridge work as part of Governor Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program. The program aims to repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. A few bridges impacted by the recently completed I-29 Multiple Bridge Replacement project are …

Iowa DOT Wins 2022 Perpetual Pavement Award

DES MOINES, IA — The Asphalt Pavement Alliance announces that the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) has won a 2022 Perpetual Pavement Award: By Performance (PPA) for a 4.23-mile section of Interstate 80 in Jasper County. This is Iowa DOT’s fourth PPA: By Performance since the program began in …

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Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Approves FY 2024-2028 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently approved the FY 2024-2028 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2028. The five-year program includes funding from General Revenue — passed by …

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Kansas DOT Officials Welcome New K-14 Realignment in Reno, Rice Counties

NICKERSON, KS — Local officials and representatives of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) recently held a ribbon cutting for the new K-14 realignment between Hutchinson and Sterling. The new highway opened directly after the ribbon cutting.

The realigned K-14 provides a 15-mile asphalt freeway with 8-foot paved shoulders connecting …

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Stantec Selected to Develop Resilience Improvement Plan for Kansas DOT

TOPEKA, KS — Stantec was selected by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to develop a Resilience Improvement Plan to help the agency identify climate-related vulnerabilities and prioritize solutions across its multi-modal transportation network, while maximizing funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The BIL established the Promoting Resilient Operations …

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Iowa DOT Improves Des Moines Bridge Infrastructure with 2nd Avenue Corridor Projects

As part of the 2nd Avenue Corridor Construction project in Des Moines, Iowa, the city is replacing one bridge over Birdland Drive and rehabilitating a second structure over the Des Moines River.

“This project will improve the city’s bridge infrastructure for decades to come,” says Ben M. Cole, Project …

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Nebraska DOT’s Lincoln South Beltway Project Wins Regional America’s Transportation Award

A Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) project won a regional award in the 2023 America’s Transportation Awards competition, created by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state departments of transportation (DOTs) for making a difference in …

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FY 2024-2028 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program Approved by the Iowa Transportation Commission

AMES, IA — The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the Fiscal Year 2024-2028 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program at a recent meeting. Each year, based on guidance and direction from the Commission, the Iowa Department of Transportation prepares a detailed list of transportation projects to be accomplished in the next five years. …

Kansas DOT’s Active Transportation Plan Focuses on Increasing Alternate Ways to Travel

TOPEKA, KS — Increasing active transportation opportunities across Kansas — whether walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, skateboarding, etc. — is the goal of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) newly revised Active Transportation Plan (ATP).

“Providing access to safe, direct, and continuous routes for people whether they are driving, …

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Major Improvements Coming to Wichita’s K-96, Construction Expected to Begin in 2026

WSP USA, an engineering and professional services firm, is partnering with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to implement the K-96 Improvements Project, which will enhance safety, increase capacity, and alleviate congestion on the heavily trafficked Kansas State Highway 96 (K-96) freeway in Wichita.

With a budget of $260 …

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Kansas Governor and FHWA Administrator Break Ground on 69Express

OVERLAND PARK, KS — Governor Laura Kelly was recently joined by Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt, Representative Sharice Davids of the Kansas 3rd District, and other state and local representatives to break ground on 69Express, the state’s first express toll lane project.

Traffic on U.S. 69 is expected to …

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Lunda Construction Co. and Missouri DOT Replace the I-70 Rocheport Bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is replacing the aging Rocheport Bridge on Interstate 70 over the Missouri River and Katy Trail and the first of the twin bridges is nearing completion.

“The bridge was reaching the end of its useful life,” says Mike Schupp, Construction and Materials Engineer …

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New Programs for Funding Assistance at the Local Levels of Government

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau has a new funding and resource program designed to help communities launch large projects. It is called Thriving Communities, and it was created by passage of the Appropriations Act. The program will provide an abundance of funding, assistance, and other resources …

Transportation Research Partnership Celebrates Three Years of Innovation

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — In recognition of National Engineers Week, the Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation (MCTI) is marking three years of innovative transportation research. MCTI is a partnership with the four University of Missouri campuses, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the Federal Highway Administration, and more to …

New Missouri Highways and Transportation Commissioners Confirmed by the Missouri Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The appointments by Gov. Mike Parson of Warren K. Erdman and Brian Treece to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission were recently confirmed by the Missouri Senate.

Erdman is Executive Vice President - Administration and Corporate Affairs for Kansas City Southern (KCS). Prior to joining KCS …

Scott Named New District 7 Operations & Maintenance Manager at Nebraska DOT

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announces that Kerry Scott has been promoted to the District 7 Operations & Maintenance Manager based in McCook. District 7 encompasses 13 counties in southwest Nebraska with responsibilities for 1,029 miles of state highways.

Scott is a 36-year employee of NDOT …

Fulghum Named Kansas DOT Chief of Fiscal Services

TOPEKA, KS — Ami Fulghum has been selected as the Bureau Chief of Fiscal Services for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

After graduating from Emporia State University in 2007, Fulghum started at KDOT as an Accountant I.

“I like being in public service," she said. “You get to see …

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Kansas Governor Announces More Than $40M for 33 Bridge Projects Across Kansas

WESTMORELAND, KS — Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announces that $40.5 million will support 33 local and off-system bridge projects across the state. This announcement comes as part of two local bridge improvement programs reshaped to take advantage of new revenue streams generated by the federally …

Sothers Named Chief of Innovative Technologies for Kansas DOT

TOPEKA, KS — Mitch Sothers has been selected as the Bureau Chief of Innovative Technologies for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). This bureau is part of the newly created Division of Multimodal Transportation and Innovation.

Sothers graduated with an electrical engineering degree from Kansas State University in 1992. Following …

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Partners to Deliver an Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project at Harlan County Lake, Nebraska

HARLAN COUNTY LAKE, NE — The delivery of an aquatic ecosystem restoration project at Harlan County Lake, Nebraska, was initiated upon the request of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The partnership project is authorized under Section 1135 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 and is expected to be …

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Gov. Ricketts Joins Nebraska DOT, State and Local Dignitaries to Open the Lincoln South Beltway

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), together with Governor Pete Ricketts, NDOT Director John Selmer, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, and other state and local dignitaries gathered to celebrate the opening of the Lincoln South Beltway. Through the collaborative efforts of NDOT and its partners, work is …

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Kansas Governor Announces Departure of Transportation Secretary Lorenz

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly announces the resignation of Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz. Lorenz has served as Transportation Secretary since her confirmation in March 2019 and as Chair of the Kansas Infrastructure Hub, which coordinates federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding, since June 2022. She will …

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Capital Paving & Construction Gives Deteriorating Road New Life

Missouri drivers in Boone and Callaway counties on U.S. Route 63 are experiencing a smoother ride as the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) project to resurface the route and make pavement repairs to bridges concludes.

“A substantial part of the project involved milling off 1.75 inches of the existing asphalt …

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Kansas DOT Secretary Lorenz Receives National Transportation Award

TOPEKA, KS — Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Secretary Julie Lorenz was awarded the 2022 George S. Bartlett Award given jointly by the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association for her outstanding leadership and …

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Reconfiguring Wichita’s North Junction Advances

Work progresses on the Kansas Department of Transportation’s $38 million second phase of the Wichita North Junction project to improve traffic flow at a bottleneck interchange of four highways that serves as a gateway to the north side of the city. Interstate 135, Interstate 235 and K-254 were constructed …

Messina Named Chief of Multimodal Transportation at Kansas DOT

TOPEKA, KS — Matt Messina has been selected as the Kansas Department of Transportation's (KDOT) Multimodal Transportation Bureau Chief. It is a new bureau within the Division of Multimodal Transportation and Innovation.

He started at KDOT in 2016 in the Bureau of Transportation Planning as the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator. Messina …

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Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program Moves Forward in Iowa

The $1.5 billion Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program will modernize the transportation system while enhancing safety and mobility in the area.

“The Iowa Department of Transportation is more than two-thirds of the way through the process of reconstructing Interstate 80, Interstate 29, and Interstate 480 in the Council Bluffs/Omaha …

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Davis Named Kansas DOT Multimodal Transportation and Innovation Director

TOPEKA, KS — Cory Davis has been named the Director of the Division of Multimodal Transportation and Innovation at the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Davis has worked in KDOT’s Transportation Planning Bureau for the past 11 years. He began as an Intern in Planning and worked with Public Transit …

Six State-Level Departments of Transportation Join Equity in Infrastructure Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At an Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) event, the leaders of the departments of transportation of California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, and Michigan signed the EIP Pledge, which is aimed at leveraging infrastructure spending to build wealth in underserved communities. The event was hosted …

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Kansas Governor Celebrates Announcement of New Highway Construction in Miami County

LOUISBURG, KS — Governor Laura Kelly joined Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03), Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz, and Miami County officials to celebrate the K-68 highway expansion project advancing to construction. The project, which has been a county priority since 2008, will help meet traffic and …

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Biden-Harris Administration Sending States Nearly $60B from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for America’s Roads and Bridges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces that it has released $59.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2023 apportionments for 12 formula programs to support investment in critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels, carbon emission reduction, and safety improvements utilizing funding from President …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $46.9M in Funding for Two Projects in Kansas

SALINA, KS — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $46.9 million to support two projects in Kansas from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal …

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Kansas Governor's Emphasis on Safety Saves Kansas Taxpayers Nearly $1M

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly announces that her Administration has substantially reduced work-related injury costs by nearly $1 million at the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

In 2019, Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz created a new Division of Safety. Since then, KDOT has seen a steady reduction in costs resulting …

Kansas Governor Touts Rural Freight Technology Project

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly congratulates communities and businesses that will benefit from the deployment of the Great Plains Rural Freight Technology Corridor project on a key freight transport route in western Kansas.

The $14.6-million project will install 100 miles of fiber-optic cable and advanced technologies on a 100-mile …

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Missouri DOT FARM Program to Reconstruct 31 Rural Bridges

Faced with numerous bridges in need of replacement, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) launched the Fixing Access to Rural Missouri (FARM) Bridge Program and nearly one-fifth of the small bridges have been completed.

“Geographically, this is a huge job,” says Jeff Gander, FARM Project Director for the MoDOT, …

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Two Projects in Iowa Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Two Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) projects won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their community, with …

Governor Kelly Announces $520M in Highway Projects Added to IKE Construction Pipeline

ANDOVER, KS — Governor Laura Kelly and Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announces 11 expansion and modernization highway projects — a total investment of more than $520 million — have been committed to construction as part of the Kelly Administration’s bipartisan transportation plan, IKE.

“Expanding and modernizing our highways will improve …

North Vine Street Corridor Improvement Project Receives National Award

HAYS, KS — The Kansas Department of Transportation, along with the City of Hays, Kirkham Michael, WSP USA, and Smoky Hill Construction, recently received the Institute of Transportation Engineers 2022 Transportation Achievement Award in the Traffic Engineering category for the North Vine Street corridor improvements project …

$27M Contract Awarded to Repair Missouri River Navigation Structures

KANSAS CITY, MO — Midwest Construction Company, of Nebraska City, Nebraska, was awarded a contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make repairs to river training structures on the Missouri River.

The $27 million for the repair work comes from the BIL — Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation — …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $39.2M in Funding for Two Projects in Nebraska

LINCOLN, NE — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $39.3 million to support two projects in Nebraska from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $24.7M in Funding for Three Projects in Iowa

MUSCATINE, IA — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $24.7 million to support three projects in Iowa from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal …

Nebraska DOT Announces $20.85M in Federal Grants to Omaha and Lincoln Airports

LINCOLN, NE — $20.85 million in federal grants through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law were recently awarded to two Nebraska airports, Omaha’s Eppley Airfield (OMA) and the Lincoln Airport (LNK), according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT). The grants are part of the FY22 Airport Terminal Program (ATP) Grants. …

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Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act into Law, $5B in Funding to Drive Low-Carbon Procurement in Buildings and Construction

The largest federal climate investment in U.S. history was made on August 16, after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The act aims to fight climate change and address record inflation.

The IRA includes policies that will invest in U.S. energy production, reduce carbon emissions, …

More than 40 Industry Organizations Support Extending Buy America, Build America Act Waiver

When the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was passed back in November 2021, it expanded Buy America, Build America Act (BABAA) coverage to include certain construction materials used on federal-aid highway and transit projects. This was intended to strengthen Made in America requirements by ensuring projects use American-made iron, …

FY 2023-2027 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program Approved by the Iowa Transportation Commission

AMES, IA — The Iowa Transportation Commission recently approved the draft Fiscal Year 2023-2027 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program. The program documents investments in Iowa’s multimodal transportation system covering aviation, public transit, railroads, trails, and highways.

The program is developed and approved annually by the commission and includes specific highway and …

Governor Ricketts, Nebraska DOT Announce New State Operations Center

OMAHA, NE — Governor Pete Ricketts, together with the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), recently held a press conference to announce the formation of the new State Operations Center (SOC), based in Omaha, Nebraska.

This spring, NDOT’s State Operations Center and the District 2 Operations Center merged to create one …

Florence Bedrock Removal Project on Missouri River in Full Swing

OMAHA, NE — Work is well underway as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, in partnership with its contractors and sub-contractors, are excavating bed rock from the Florence Bend reach portion of the Missouri River near Omaha.

The implementation of the excavation is due to riverbed degradation …

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Kansas DOT Receives National Perpetual Pavement Award

RUSSELL COUNTY, KS — The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) was one of six DOTs selected to receive a 2021 Perpetual Pavement Award: By Design, for a four-mile section of U.S. 281 in Russell County from the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA). The award recognizes newly designed and constructed asphalt roads …

EPA Announces $281M WIFIA Loan to Modernize Wastewater Infrastructure in Johnson County, Kansas

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a $281-million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to Johnson County, Kansas, to support the Nelson Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements project. Through this WIFIA loan, EPA is supporting the modernization of critical wastewater infrastructure to be more …

Iowa Governor Announces $100M Investment for Iowa Commercial Airports

DES MOINES, IA — Governor Reynolds announces a $100-million investment to modernize and strengthen Iowa’s air transportation system through the Iowa Commercial Aviation Infrastructure Fund.

Iowa’s eight commercial airports are eligible for funding that will support modernization and expansion projects. Ninety percent of the funds will be granted based upon …

Govindaswamy Named Kansas DOT Chief of Alternative Delivery

TOPEKA, KS — Raja Govindaswamy has been selected as the Bureau Chief for the new Bureau of Alternative Delivery for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

He worked for the consulting company, WSP, for more than 40 years in various positions throughout the company. Govindaswamy is a licensed Professional Engineer …

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Additional Transportation Funding Provided by the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act Allows for Needed Improvements to US Roads, Bridges, and Transit

WASHINGTON, DC — Despite the increase in transportation funding provided by the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in November 2021, the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems remain significantly underfunded and will require increased investment for needed improvements and repairs. Fees on highway users continue …

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Iowa Governor Announces Major Investments in Three Water Quality Projects Across Iowa

DES MOINES, IA — Governor Kim Reynolds announces $38 million through Iowa’s Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) to support three water quality and infrastructure projects across Iowa. The WIF grants are being awarded to three projects in western, central, and eastern Iowa and include the creation of new water system infrastructure, …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Receiving Infrastructure Funds for the Missouri River and Nearby Lakes

KANSAS CITY, MO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District is set to receive approximately $278 million under the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act (IIJA). Almost $249 million of that is to repair damages caused by the 2019 flood to the Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project along …

Minder Appointed KC Water Director

KANSAS CITY, MO — City Manager Brian Platt names Wes Minder as the new Director of KC Water. Minder previously served as Assistant City Manager for Kansas City, Missouri, in charge of special projects. Minder replaces Terry Leeds, who recently retired.

Minder, a 16-year veteran with the City …

Kansas Governor Announces $750M in Highway Projects Added to IKE Development Pipeline

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly joined Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz to announce the addition of 25 highway modernization and expansion projects totaling $750 million to the development pipeline as part of the Kelly Administration’s bipartisan, 10-year Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program (IKE). The pipeline announcement clears the way for preliminary …

USDOT Announces Historic Bridge Investment Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Kansas to Receive $225M

TOPEKA, KS — The U.S. Department of Transportation launched the historic Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program (Bridge Formula Program), made possible by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The program, to be administered by the Federal Highway Administration, represents the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction …

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Burns & McDonnell is Key Partner in Securing WIFIA Loan for City of Wichita Public Works and Utilities Project

WICHITA, KS — The City of Wichita was recently selected to apply for financing through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and receive a loan of up to $181.1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The financing will support new biological nutrient removal (BNR) treatment processes …

Kansas Beats 11 States to Win Top Transportation Award

KANSAS CITY, KS — Governor Laura Kelly announces that the Turner Diagonal interchange project on I-70 in Wyandotte County beat 11 states to win the People’s Choice Award in the 2021 America’s Transportation Awards competition.

The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize. Pledges from Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) …

City Breaks Ground on Independence Plaza Park Upgrades

KANSAS CITY, MO — A transformative project will soon bring new life to a park in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast neighborhood. City leaders recently broke ground on upgrades to Independence Plaza Park — part of several improvements being funded by a $30-million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban …

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Kansas Governor Signs Agreement to Replace Topeka’s Polk-Quincy Viaduct

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly recently joined Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Secretary Julie Lorenz, Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, and other community partners to sign a formal funding partnership agreement for the Polk-Quincy Viaduct project in Topeka.

The project will replace Topeka’s Polk-Quincy Viaduct and expand …

Turner Diagonal Project Named National Finalist for America’s Transportation Award

TOPEKA, KS — The Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Turner Diagonal project in Wyandotte County has been named a Top 12 finalist in the 2021 America’s Transportation Awards (ATA) competition.

The finalists — whittled down from 80 nominees from 35 state DOTs — compete for the ATA Grand Prize …

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Kansas City Council Approves Transformative 63rd and Prospect PIEA Development Plan

KANSAS CITY, MO — The plan to redevelop the northwest corner of 63rd and Prospect Avenue is moving forward, bringing Kansas City closer to the day when that area will see more affordable housing, a grocery store, and other mixed-use development.

The ordinance approved by the City Council supports a …

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Missouri DOT Improves Safety on Route 171 in Jasper County

Route 171 is one of the main routes that runs through Jasper County, which is located in southwest Missouri. This is the site of a current project, known as the Route 171 intersection safety improvements, by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Dual needs – safety and traffic volumes – …

MAASTO Leadership Transitions, Kansas DOT Secretary Takes the Wheel

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Transportation Secretary-Designee Craig Thompson concludes a successful term as President of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO). Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz takes over as incoming President. The transition was announced at MAASTO's annual meeting in Chicago. Thompson served as MAASTO President …

Taylor Retires After 42 Years at Kansas DOT

TOPEKA, KS — Director of Program and Project Management Mark Taylor has retired from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) after more than 42 years of service to the State of Kansas.

Taylor’s entire working career has been at KDOT. While attending Kansas State University, he had internships at the …

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Kansas Governor Announces $23M for Road Improvement Projects in 36 Kansas Cities

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly announces that 36 Kansas cities will receive a combined total of $23 million to improve highways and intersections as part of the Kansas Department of Transportations (KDOT) City Connecting Link Improvement Program (CCLIP).

“Through our bipartisan transportation plan, we are committed to preserving …

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Kansas DOT Expands US 69 with Arma Connection

U.S. 69 is a major north-south highway that runs from Minnesota down to Texas. The route passes through eastern Kansas and skirts the border of Missouri. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is currently working on two projects along U.S. 69 including one known as the Arma Connection.

The Arma …

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Nebraska DOT Breaks Ground on Critical US-275 Expansion Project

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction to expand approximately 18.5 miles of U.S. Highway 275 (US-275) from a two-lane highway to a four-lane divided expressway from Scribner, Nebraska, to West Point, Nebraska.

Once construction of this …

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Kansas Governor Announces U.S. 69 Expansion and Modernization Project in Johnson County

OVERLAND PARK, KS — Governor Laura Kelly recently announced in Overland Park that the region’s No. 1 priority, the $300-million U.S. 69 Expansion and Modernization project, has been committed to construction as part of the Kelly Administration’s bipartisan transportation plan.

“This project will enhance accessibility, address long-term safety concerns, and …

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Kansas Governor Announces $776M in Highway Improvement Projects Across Kansas

TOPEKA, KS — After making four announcements across Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly announces a total of 24 Expansion and Modernization highway projects — totaling more than $776 million in investments — have been committed to construction as part of the Kelly Administration’s bipartisan transportation plan.

“Expanding and modernizing our highways …

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Iowa DOT Completes Region’s First Dual, Divided Freeway

With the completion of the final phase of the I-80/I-29 Dual, Divided Freeway (DDF) Project in southwestern Iowa, drivers are now experiencing the full safety and traffic capacity benefits of a major Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) undertaking. The multi-year project along the overlapping section of Interstate 80 and Interstate …

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USDOT Announces $905M in Proposed Awards for INFRA Grant Program

DUBUQUE, IA — U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration intends to award $905.25 million to 24 projects in 18 states under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program.

“These timely investments in our infrastructure will create jobs and support regional economies, …

Kansas DOT Adds Yorkey as Office of Finance and Budget Chief, Longe as Performance Management Chief

TOPEKA, KS — Brendan Yorkey joins the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) as the Chief of the Office of Finance and Budget. Tope Longe has been named the Bureau Chief of Performance Management.

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Yorkey has a background in performance measures and debt service/bonding issues. In addition, he was …
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Nebraska DOT Awards US-275 Contract to Koss Construction

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announces the awarding to Koss Construction of Topeka, Kansas, for the construction of three segments of U.S. Highway 275 (US-275). The three segments include: Scribner North for $37,772,493, West Point South for $18,546,966, and West Point North and South for $26,894,819. …

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Kansas Governor Announces $42M Investment to Support 30 Transportation Projects Statewide

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly and Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announce that more than $42 million will support 30 transportation construction projects across Kansas through an expanded list of recipients of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Cost Share Program for spring 2021.

Cost Share is a component …

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Nebraska DOT Makes Great Strides on Lincoln South Beltway

The largest construction project ever undertaken by the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), the $350 million Lincoln South Beltway, will offer motorists a route around town, skipping multiple traffic lights.

“This project will put a beltway south of the city and get truck traffic off of Highway 2 through town,” …

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Iowa Transportation Commission Approves FY 2022-2026 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program

OSKALOOSA, IA — The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program at a recent meeting. The program documents investments in Iowa’s multimodal transportation system covering aviation, public transit, railroads, trails, and highways. The commission and the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) remain committed to …

Wadley Selected as Kansas DOT Chief of Research

TOPEKA, KS — Dan Wadley has been named the Chief of the Bureau of Research for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

He started with KDOT in 2001 in the Bridge Inspection unit, performing in-service routing and fracture critical inspections on bridges and 500 series structures across the state. Wadley …

Redline Named New Missouri DOT Kansas City District Engineer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Chris Redline has been named the District Engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) Kansas City District. He will take over the leadership of the Kansas City region from David Silvester, who recently retired from the position.

A registered Professional Engineer, Redline has …

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Missouri DOT Nears Completion on the Final Miles of the I-49 Connector Near the Arkansas State Line

Regular back-ups and queues are a frustration for every commuter who experiences them. This was the experience for commuters traveling around southwest Missouri and the border of Arkansas. To alleviate the traffic, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is engaged in the I-49 Missouri/Arkansas Connector Project. The project does spill …

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Construction Begins on Des Moines Industrial Transloading Facility

DES MOINES, IA — Des Moines Industrial (DSMI) is poised to move forward with Iowa’s premier industrial transloading facility after recently acquiring 31 acres of land purchased from the City of Des Moines and Norfolk Southern. Ryan Companies US, Inc. recently began construction, and the facility is expected to be …

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Kansas Governor Announces Completion of $65M Transportation Project, the Lewis & Clark Viaduct

KANSAS CITY, KS — Governor Laura Kelly joined Representative Sharice Davids, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Secretary Julie Lorenz, and local officials to commemorate the completion of the re-opening of westbound I-70 as part of the multi-phase Lewis & Clark Viaduct project. The Lewis & Clark Viaduct is comprised …

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Iowa DOT Redesigns I-80/I-380 Interchange for Better Mobility

The Iowa Department of Transportation is in the midst of a comprehensive redesign known as the I-80/I-380 Systems Interchange Project. Located in Johnson County, which is in the eastern central part of the state, the project is at the junction of Interstate 80, Interstate 380 and United U.S. 218, one …

Iowa DOT Awarded Top Honors for Work Zone Plan

AMES, IA — The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) announces the winners of its 2021 Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Awards Competition. Now in its third year, the national contest represents the latest TSMO projects and programs that are increasing the efficiency of America’s existing infrastructure to address …

Missouri DOT Selects Contractor for the Design-Build of the New Buck O'Neil Bridge

LEE’S SUMMIT, MO — The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission announces that it has selected Massman-Clarkson, A Joint Venture, as the design-build contractor to replace the Buck O’Neil Bridge, formally known as the Broadway Bridge. Construction is anticipated to begin in fall of 2021 and be fully complete by …

Vogel Named Kansas DOT Chief of Maintenance

TOPEKA, KS — A familiar face is back to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) as Jaci Vogel has been named the Bureau Chief of Maintenance. She replaces Clay Adams, who was named KDOT Director of Field Operations.

Vogel started at KDOT in 1989 in KDOT’s Transportation Planning, then …

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Menke Named Kansas DOT Chief of Construction and Materials

TOPEKA, KS — Tony Menke has been selected as the new Bureau Chief of Construction and Materials for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Menke started at KDOT in 2003 at the Emporia Construction office. In 2008, he was promoted to District One Assistant Construction Engineer in Topeka. In 2011, …

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $174M Grant Agreement to Expand Kansas City, Missouri, Streetcar Service

KANSAS CITY, MO — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a $174.1-million federal grant agreement with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, for the Kansas City Streetcar Main Street Extension Project, which will improve transportation options and continue to spur economic development along the streetcar …

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Biden Nominates Pete Buttigieg as U.S. DOT Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). The former two-term South Bend, Indiana, mayor (2012 to January 2020) was a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year. He withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden …

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Kansas DOT Upgrades US 83 for Better Traffic Flow

U.S. 83 is one of the longest North-South routes in the country. One can drive it from North Dakota down to Texas. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is reconstructing one 11-mile stretch of U.S. 83 that runs through Haskell and Finney County in the southwestern part of the state. …

Kansas DOT Kicks Off First Active Transportation Plan in 25 Years

TOPEKA, KS — Kansans are being afforded an active role in the development of the state’s first Active Transportation Plan (ATP) in 25 years.

Active transportation refers to human-powered modes of transportation such as walking or cycling. The Kansas ATP will serve as a guide for the Kansas Department of …

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Bakarich Named Kansas DOT Manager of Special Projects

TOPEKA, KS — Carmen Bakarich has been named the Manager of Special Projects for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

She started her legal career in 1989 as a Research Attorney for Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Holmes. Then in 1991, she began at KDOT as a Staff Attorney …

Hale Named Kansas DOT Director of Communications

TOPEKA, KS — Steve Hale has been named Director of Communications for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). He said he is excited to be involved in the agency’s Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program.

“KDOT is a well-respected agency in our state,” Hale said. “Kansans understand the importance of safe and …

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Gov. Ricketts, Nebraska DOT Join Local Community Celebration of Hwy 281 Bridge Opening South of Spencer

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), Governor Pete Ricketts, transportation partners, and Spencer-area community members recently gathered to celebrate the opening of the permanent bridge on Highway 281 over the Niobrara River south of Spencer. The event also marked full mobility being restored on the State Highway …

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Omaha Rapid Bus Transit Stations Debut in Omaha

OMAHA, NE — Designed by LEO A DALY, 24 transit stations in Omaha now link some of the city’s premier destination districts and neighborhoods. Omaha Rapid Bus Transit (ORBT) service began in November, with buses stopping at each of the stations, 12 in each direction, along the Dodge and …

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Kansas Governor Announces More Than $6M in Local Transportation, Technology Projects Statewide

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Secretary Julie Lorenz announce the recipients of more than $6 million in funds provided by two programs that invest in technology and local community transportation needs.

The announcement marked the first-ever awards for KDOT’s Innovative Technology program made …

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Gov. Ricketts Joins Nebraska DOT, State and Local Dignitaries to Celebrate Progress on Lincoln South Beltway

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), together with Governor Pete Ricketts, Senator Deb Fischer, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, and other state and local dignitaries gathered to celebrate progress on construction of the Lincoln South Beltway. Through the collaborative efforts of NDOT and its partners, work is well underway …

Missouri DOT Completes Brand New I-435 and I-70 Partial Turbine Interchange Ahead of Schedule

KANSAS CITY, MO — The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has officially completed the brand new I-435 and I-70 interchange in Kansas City, Missouri. This $47-million construction project began in spring 2019 and was scheduled to be completed by December 2020.

After a global pandemic, and quite a bit of …

City of Muscatine Recognized for Urban Design Efforts

MUSCATINE, IA — The City of Muscatine’s efforts in Reconnecting Muscatine received the Planning Award for Urban Design by the American Planning Association - Iowa Chapter at the Upper Midwest Conference. This award honors efforts to create a sense of place, whether a street, public space, neighborhood, or campus effort. …

Garver to Assist Kansas DOT in Highway Enhancement Program

TOPEKA, KS — The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is set to begin the most extensive transportation improvement program in its history — and Garver is set to help guide it through the process.

IKE Transportation Partners, a joint venture team comprised of Garver and Burns & McDonnell, …

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Kansas Transportation Secretary Lorenz Celebrates I-70 Milestone Near Kanorado

KANORADO, KS — Kansas Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the completion of I-70 in Kansas at the Kanorado weigh station near the Kansas/Colorado state line. A replica of signs located on eastbound I-70 highlighting this accomplishment was unveiled at the event.

“In the past 20 …

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Missouri DOT Takes the Next Step to Building a New Buck O'Neil Bridge

JACKSON COUNTY, MO — After an extensive evaluation process, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has developed a list of qualified design-build teams to compete for the contract to build a new U.S. Route 169 Buck O’Neil Bridge. Each of the teams come from a diverse mix of experienced local …

Reed Named Kansas DOT Director of Engineering and Design

TOPEKA, KS — Calvin Reed has been promoted to Director of Engineering and Design at the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Reed received a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Kansas State University, then started in KDOT’s bridge design unit in 2002 where he worked until 2015. After nearly four years …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao Announces Over $273M in Grants to 184 Airports in 41 States, Six Territories

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announces that the Trump Administration will award more than $273 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 41 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall …

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Governor Kelly Announces Kansas DOT’s Cost Share Program Recipients

NEWTON, KS — Governor Laura Kelly and Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announce the recipients across the state of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Cost Share Program. These 24 projects total more than $20 million in transportation investments statewide. The Cost Share Program provides funding to local entities for …

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Kansas DOT Extends I-35 Bridges in Olathe

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is extending the north end of the Interstate 35 bridges in Olathe, Kansas, to accommodate a city street being expanded below to better serve an international company’s expansion. The larger headquarters will result in increased traffic to an already heavily congested area.

“The main …

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Nebraska DOT’s Fourth Annual Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

LINCOLN, NE — The winner of the Innovation of the Year and three runners-up were announced to Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) employees during the fourth annual Innovation Showcase, held in the NDOT Central Headquarters Auditorium in Lincoln.

Highway districts in eastern and western Nebraska received recognition with five awards …

FY 2021-2025 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program Presented to the Iowa Transportation Commission

AMES, IA — The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the Fiscal Year 2021-2025 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program at a recent meeting. The program documents investments in Iowa’s multimodal transportation system covering aviation, public transit, railroads, trails, and highways. The commission and the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) remain committed to …

MoDOT Kansas City Completes I-435 South Loop Link Design/Build Project

JACKSON COUNTY, MO — The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Kansas City has completed the Interstate 435 South Loop Link design/build project. This project has completely rebuilt more than three miles of pavement through one of Kansas City’s top three regional commuter corridors, added an additional lane in both eastbound …

Nebraska DOT Applauds Local Partnership, Announces Construction Schedule for Fremont Southeast Beltway

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announces construction on the Fremont Southeast Beltway could begin as early as July 6 due to financial support from the Fremont community. In 2018, the project was fast tracked and moved from the 2024 construction season to 2020 due to the …

Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates 50 Years of I-70 in Kansas

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly recently marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of I-70 in Kansas. The 424-mile stretch of I-70 was the longest continuous segment of Interstate highway to be completed by any state in the United States. At the time, Kansas, Missouri, and Pennsylvania were the …

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KDOT Awards $8.6M in Transportation Alternatives Projects

TOPEKA, KS — The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has awarded $8.6 million for the 18 projects selected for inclusion in its Transportation Alternatives (TA) program for Federal Fiscal Year 2021.

“Kansans value safety in all modes of transportation, which is why it is an important element of the new …

Nebraska and Iowa DOTs Working Together to Mitigate Potential Spring Flooding

LINCOLN, NE — Following the 2019 flooding in Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, the departments of transportation in both states continue to coordinate efforts to minimize the impacts of anticipated flooding in 2020. Because of last year’s event, some areas may be more vulnerable to flooding this year.

Because of …

Eight Nebraska Transportation Projects Recognized in National Transportation Benefits Campaign

LINCOLN, NE — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is beginning a new public outreach campaign entitled “The Benefits of Transportation: The Solutions State DOTs Bring to People & Their Communities.”

Designed to increase public awareness about the benefits transportation investment provides, this new national campaign …

Gov. Reynolds Appoints Marler to Serve as Director at Iowa DOT

DES MOINES, IA — Gov. Reynolds announces the appointment of Scott Marler to serve as Director at the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT).

“Scott will do an outstanding job leading the Iowa Department of Transportation because of his depth of experience and effective management style,” Reynolds said. “Iowa DOT plays …

Kansas Governor Moves Transportation Plan FORWARD

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly and Julie Lorenz, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), recently announced a new transportation program, FORWARD, at a news conference as part of the Transportation Day activities at the State Capitol.

“Key features of FORWARD include a flexible, responsive rolling program …

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Kansas DOT Announces Kansas Airport Improvement Projects

TOPEKA, KS — Twenty-three projects have been selected for Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) funding for the purpose of planning, constructing or rehabilitating public use general aviation airports, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

KAIP receives $5 million annually through the T-WORKS transportation program and requires airport sponsors …

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Nebraska DOT Announces Selection of County Bridge Match Program Proposals

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announces 20 proposals have been selected for funding in the fourth round of the County Bridge Match Program (CBMP). The program was created as a result of the 2016 Transportation Innovation Act, signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts in April …

Transportation Projects Selected Under Governor Parson’s Cost-Share Program

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Governor Mike Parson announces that 20 transportation projects will receive $50 million under his transportation cost-share program. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and Department of Economic Development (DED) selected the projects with the goal of building partnerships with local entities to deliver road and bridge …

Nebraska DOT Awards Contract for Lincoln South Beltway Project

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announces that Hawkins Construction of Omaha has been awarded the contract to construct the Lincoln South Beltway. Once complete, the South Beltway will improve safety and regional mobility by connecting U.S. Highway 77 (US-77) and existing Nebraska Highway 2 (N-2).

The …

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Nebraska DOT Details Road Forward for Northeast Nebraska Expressway

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently released an update on ongoing efforts to convert the remaining 48 miles of US-275 between Norfolk and Fremont from a two-lane highway to a four-lane expressway. The expansion will increase capacity and support economic growth along a key roadway connecting …

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Kansas DOT Announces Projects Selected Under Local Bridge Improvement Program

TOPEKA, KS — Twenty-seven counties will receive a combined total of $5 million under the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Local Bridge Improvement Program. Requests for transportation funding outpaced available funds by nearly three times. The selection of the local bridge projects was announced by KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz. …

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Announces $900M Historic Investment in American Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. The funding has been awarded to 55 projects in 35 states.

“The administration is targeting BUILD Transportation …

USDOT Announces $157M in Infrastructure Grants to 34 Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation …

Governor Parson's Bridge Program Awarded Contracts on First 14 Bridges

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded construction contracts to rehabilitate or replace 14 of the state’s poor bridges. They are the first bridges to be awarded under Governor Mike Parson’s Focus on Bridges program, which was proposed in January and passed by the Missouri …

Nebraska DOT Releases 2020 Construction Program

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently released its 2020 Construction Program, which details transportation projects scheduled for funding over the next year and identifies those planned for construction in the following five years. With the announcement came news that the department’s strategy for 2020 will be …

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FY 2020-2024 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program Approved by Iowa Transportation Commission

AMES, IA — The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved the Fiscal Year 2020-2024 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program. The program documents investments in Iowa’s multimodal transportation system covering aviation, public transit, railroads, trails and highways. The commission and the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) remain committed to providing modern, safe …

Nebraska DOT Awards Emergency Contract for Highway 281

OMAHA, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announces that Hawkins Construction of Omaha has been awarded the contract to begin immediate work on the Highway 281 Bridge over the Niobrara River south of Spencer, Nebraska. Recent flooding caused significant damage and washed out a segment of the highway …

Kansas DOT Names Sharp as Director of Communications

TOPEKA, KS — Jeanny Sharp has been named the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Director of Communications by Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz. In her new position, she will lead the communication team members at the headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, and at the district offices across the state.

Previously …

Kansas DOT Announces Approved May Bids

TOPEKA, KS — The Kansas Department of Transportation announces approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. Some of the bids may include multiple projects that have been bundled based on proximity and type of work.

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Missouri DOT Inclusion Advocate Award Given to Lavallee

ST. CHARLES, MO — The Inclusion Advocate of the Year Award was recently presented to Dennis Lavallee by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT). The award was presented at the Annual Civil Rights Symposium in St. Charles, Missouri. Lavallee is the former President of the St. Louis Council of Construction …

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Nebraska DOT Announces Emergency Repairs in Northeast Nebraska, Omaha Metro Area

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) is currently working on repairs to the flood-damaged roadways and bridges on various emergency projects in northeast Nebraska and the Omaha Metro Area.
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• Highway 12: K Porter Construction, Norfolk, Nebraska, has been awarded the contract for the …

U.S. DOT Awards $53M in Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation'sFederal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grants valued at $53.2 million to 10 projects to fund advanced technologies that will improve mobility and safety for drivers and enhance the performance of the nation’s highway …

USDOT Announces $705.7M in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces more than $705.7 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 34 states, as well as American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and …