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KDOT Awards June Projects; Largest Construction Lettings Ever

Contracts have been awarded for 85 construction projects included in one of the largest monthly lettings ever by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The large number of projects included in the June letting is attributed to T-WORKS, the comprehensive transportation program passed by the 2010 Kansas Legislature. Seventy of the projects totaling millions of dollars were suspended in March due to budget cuts, but T-WORKS provided the funds necessary to proceed with the projects.

“One of the key components of T-WORKS is preservation work to protect KDOT’s investment in the state highway system,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller. “The June letting allows us to get our preservation program back on track with important projects such as overlays, sealing, pavement patching, crack repair and bridge repairs.”

Miller said the large number of projects comes at an especially good time for contractors, who are still struggling to get jobs and put employees to work. A total of 37 contractors were awarded projects, which will create hundreds of jobs for contractors and suppliers.

Transportation revenue provided by the 10-year, $8.2 billion T-WORKS program will fully fund the state’s highway preservation needs and provide an additional $1.7 billion of revenue for highway modernization projects, along with increased funding for transit, aviation and short-line rail programs.

Following are the approved bids from the June 16 letting for the KNDY Area:

Brown – County road 2.5 miles south and 0.8 mile west of Hiawatha, grading, bridge and surfacing, 0.3 mile, Midwest Construction Co., Inc., Holton, $257,298.10.

Nemaha – The junction of K-63 and U.S. 36 east to the Nemaha-Brown county line, milling and overlay, 14.3 miles, Hall Brothers, Inc. and Subsidiaries, Marysville, $3,254,635.30.

Clay – K-15 from the north city limits of Clay Center north 11.9 miles, seal, Missouri Petroleum Products Co., Inc., St. Louis, Mo., $289,979.

Washington – U.S. 36 from the two-lane, four-lane roadway to the Washington-Marshall county line; K-9 from the junction of K-15/K-148 east to the Washington-Marshall county line, crack repair, 5.6 miles, Huff Sealing Corporation, Albion, Ill., $43,255.82.

Statewide – Intelligent Transportation Systems installation, Phillips Southern Electric Co., Inc., Wichita, $503,361.

The complete list of projects across Kansas can be found online via the Kansas Department of Transportation Website.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.