Approximately 29 bridge projects across Kansas will receive more than $5 million as part of the Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program or KLBIP.
[Above photo by the Kansas DOT]
“My administration remains committed to improving the overall transportation system in our state – and that includes bridges in need of long-overdue repairs,” noted Governor Laura Kelly (D) in a statement.
“By fostering partnerships among all levels of government, we can build the robust and responsive infrastructure system that keeps Kansans safe, our commerce flowing, and our economy continuously flourishing,” she added.
The KLBIP is a state-local partnership initiative funded by the 10-year Eisenhower Transportation Legacy Program, or IKE – a program approved by the state’s legislature and signed into law in April 2020.
Gov. Kelly actually reinstated the KLBIP 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, with the Kansas Department of Transportation helping disburse that funding.
“These local bridges are the lifeblood of many communities. Most ag [agricultural] loads start in a field, are placed in a truck that then has to cross a county bridge to get to a state highway or rail line,” noted Julie Lorenz, Kansas DOT secretary.
She added that there are approximately 19,300 bridges on Kansas’ local road systems, with about 26 percent – or 5,000 – in poor condition or unable to meet today’s weight and vehicle requirements.