The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 12, 2013

Southeast Kansas highway projects announced

From The Associated Press

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — A number of highway improvements in Southeast Kansas have been selected by the Kansas Department of Transportation for preliminary engineering.

The statewide projects are being announced today during a three-city tour by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Transportation Secretary Mike King. Announcements are being made in Overland Park, Pittsburg and Spearville.

Southeast Kansas projects include preliminary engineering for four-lane expansion from U.S. Highway 166/U.S. Highway 400 in Cherokee County north to the Crawford County line.

Also on the list:

Continuing design plans for four-lane expansion of U.S. Highway 69 from Kansas Highway 47 to three miles north of Arma (also known as the Arma Connection.)

Design plans for heavy roadway rehabilitation and passing lanes on U.S. Highway 400 from the Labette/Cherokee County line east to Kansas Highway 7 .

Continue preliminary engineering on the U.S. Highway 69 Crawford County Corridor.

“Kansas businesses won’t remain competitive in the future if we don’t have a highway system that allows for efficiency and growth. These projects will help provide the kind of infrastructure that gives our state an economic edge and protects Kansas families,” Brownback said in a statement.

Preliminary engineering refers to the pre-construction work and planning that must be done before actual construction of a road improvement can begin. It includes such things as design work, corridor study and identification of and purchase of right-of-way. Depending on the type of project, the pre-construction phases of a project can take months or years to complete.