Governor Laura Kelly Announces Infrastructure Funding for McPherson County

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TOPEKA – Today Governor Laura Kelly announced McPherson County has been selected to receive funding as part of the Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program (KLBIP). 

Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announced the selection as part of the state-local partnership program that is part of the IKE transportation program. This year’s selections include 27 counties and three cities who will receive a combined total of $5.1 million.  

“Congratulations to McPherson County for submitting a successful application and securing local matching funds for a bridge project that is critical to the community’s success,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Improving the overall transportation system across our state is integral to our economic recovery, and an important step forward as we work to invest in and rebuild our state’s foundation.” 

“Being a partner with KDOT allows McPherson County to provide safe access to the motoring public as we program to replace the deficient structures,” said Tom Kramer, Director of McPherson County Public Works. “Having to close a structure in an emergency causes the public to reroute for several months and can be costly.”

The McPherson County bridge chosen for replacement is 2.6 miles north and 4.0 miles west of Marquette on Wheatridge Road.  

KDOT reinstated this bridge program in 2019 to assist cities and counties by providing up to $150,000 toward the replacement or rehabilitation of a bridge on the local roadway system.  For this recent round of KLBIP selections, a total of 68 applications from 61 local public agencies were received with requests for $11.4 million in funds. The total value of the individual bridge replacement costs ranged from $150,000 to $2.4 million.   

“We welcome opportunities to partner with Kansas cities and counties to replace or rehabilitate deteriorating bridges,” said Secretary Julie Lorenz, Kansas Department of Transportation. “This program allows KDOT to help communities move forward with projects that keep critical local roadways open and viable.” 

The KLBIP targets bridges 20-50 feet in length and with a daily vehicle count of less than 100. Of the nearly 25,000 total bridges on the roadway system – approximately 19,000 of them owned by local entities – over 5,700 have ratings or characteristics that make them eligible for replacement under this program. 

The list of cities and counties receiving funding is below. Those with an asterisk indicate recipients that also chose to close a second deficient bridge in order to receive an additional $50,000.  

 

Allen County 

City of Arkansas City  

Chautauqua County 

Cheyenne County * 

Cloud County 

Cowley County 

City of De Soto 

Ellis County * 

Graham County 

Harper County * 

Harvey County 

Kingman County * 

Labette County 

Lincoln County * 

Linn County 

Marion County 

McPherson County 

Nemaha County 

Neosho County 

Ness County * 

Norton County * 

Ottawa County 

Rooks County * 

Saline County * 

Scott County 

Sheridan County * 

Sherman County * 

City of South Hutchinson 

Wallace County * 

Washington County 

 

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