Welcome to the Transportation Works for Kansas (T-WORKS) website. T-WORKS is a 10-year, $8 billion transportation program designed to create jobs, preserve highway infrastructure, and provide multimodal economic development opportunities across the state. The Kansas Department of Transportation is responsible for the delivery of T-WORKS. However, one of the important changes under T-WORKS is that Kansans have more input in the decision-making process than ever before. Thus, the success of this program will largely depend on how well we can all work together. And in the spirit of working together, we’ve launched this site as way to provide you the most up-to-date information on T-WORKS.
- The Investments Page shows you to see how much work is currently scheduled across the state. It also includes how much funding is being invested in each work type (highways, transit, aviation and rail). You can sort by county(ies), region or statewide.
- T-WORKS requires that at least $8 million be invested in every Kansas county. This $8 million Promise page is where you can track how much the State has invested in each county during this 10-year program.
- The About and News pages offer more information about T-WORKS and the latest happenings in Kansas transportation.
- The Projects Page allows you to view all T-WORKS projects in your county or statewide. It also allows you to create customizable project lists and maps based on your interests.
- A Frequently Asked Questions page where popular inquires are addressed
- It’s important to note that much more information will be added to this site as T-WORKS projects get underway so please keep coming back.
Finally, the goal of this site is not just to keep Kansans informed but also to gain feedback from you about how we’re delivering T-WORKS. Throughout the site there are places for you to ask questions, participate in discussions or submit comments. Please do so. The launch of T-WORKS provides us a great opportunity to create jobs, make our highways safer and improve transportation services across the state. But with this opportunity comes an enormous responsibility to get it right, and we need your help to make sure Kansas transportation works for all of us.
A short tutorial of the T-Works website
January 23rd, 2012
JOCO Gateway Design-Builder Selection Process Beginning
March 20th, 2013
KDOT will use a two-step process to select a design-build team. Step 1: KDOT releases the RFQ. They will review and evaluate the SOQs received and will shortlist up to four of the most qualified teams. The shortlist will be announced Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Step 2: KDOT will release a Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) to the shortlisted teams on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Proposals are due from the shortlisted teams on Monday, December 2, 2013. KDOT will score proposals from shortlisted teams and select a winning team on Friday, January 10, 2014.
Burt Morey, project manager for KDOTs first design-build project, explained that given the interchange’s importance to Johnson County and Kansas, KDOT has decided to use an innovative process known as design-build to complete the project more quickly and to maximize the value of the $250 million project investment by Kansas taxpayers. Project construction will take place between 2014 and 2017.
Design-build enables large, complex projects to be delivered more efficiently and with greater cost predictability than is possible through traditional methods. A design-build team combines design and construction firms to allow design and construction elements to happen at the same time, saving time and potentially money. This team approach enables designers and contractors to collaborate early and develop innovative and efficient solutions to meet project goals and better serve the travelling public. And unlike traditional procurement approaches, KDOT has chosen a fixed price/best design procurement approach for this design-build project, where the successful team must work within the fixed price while meeting or exceeding all other project goals, requirements and performance measures.
“Dealing with Johnson County’s transportation issues is a complex undertaking, one that will require looking at many different types of solutions – beginning with significant and fundamental improvements to its existing transportation infrastructure,” said Morey.
K-25 Reconstruction in Logan County
June 15th, 2012
Work is ongoing to rebuild 11 miles of K-25 in Logan County from Russell Springs to U.S. 40 using “practical improvement” methods. The project is modeled after a successful American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project on K-23 in Gove County. The scope includes removing the old roadway, stabilizing the soil/road base, and constructing a new, wider pavement. Edge-line rumble strips will be an added safety feature to complete the new roadway. This project does not include major grading operations or acquiring new right of way. “This is an affordable improvement that fits our regional needs,” said District Three Engineer Jeff Stewart. Close coordination and communication occurred between KDOT and local stakeholders prior to the start of the project, with two public meetings informing the public how the project would affect them. The work is expected to be complete by the end of this month. Venture Corporation of Great Bend is the primary contractor on the $5.6 million project.
KDOT demolishes two interchange bridges
March 8th, 2012
Highway projects advanced to create jobs.
January 27th, 2012
The Kansas Department of Transportation will accelerate $50 million worth of preservation projects to produce jobs ahead of schedule and to take advantage of low construction costs currently available.
The 32 projects that will be advanced are included in the 10-year, $8 billion T-WORKS transportation program passed by the 2010 Legislature. They are part of the $4.2 billion set aside under T-WORKS for preservation, which includes work such as the repair and reconstruction of roads and bridges.
Click here for a list of the accelerated Preservation Projects announced by Governor Brownback on January 27, 2011.
KDOT Traffic Information System Updates Wichita Drivers
December 15th, 2011
A new website using up-to-the-minute information will help travelers in Wichita efficiently navigate area highways.
WICHway.org will share travel speeds and camera views on select routes, messages posted on roadside signs and other helpful information for drivers.
The website is just one component of a Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project that monitors 22 miles of Wichita's highway system. ITS is the integrated application of advanced sensor and communications technologies that provide traffic information to enable efficient travel decisions by drivers.
Phase 1 of the project covers U.S. 54/400 (Kellogg Freeway) from Ridge Road to Woodlawn, I-135 from Harry Street to the North Junction (I-135/I-235/K-96/K-254), and the I-235/K-96/Meridian Avenue interchange.
This initial phase includes 28 cameras, 21 dynamic message signs and 36 traffic sensors.
A unique part of the project is the co-location of the Traffic Management Center (TMC) at the Sedgwick County 911 Communication Center. County dispatchers operate the TMC console Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. They monitor cameras, post messages to signs, alert maintenance crews of roadway problems and interact with other 911 dispatchers serving police, fire and emergency services.
The TMC is also the aggregation point for data from the field devices and transfers information to the WICHway.org website.
Partners in the ITS project include KDOT, Sedgwick County, City of Wichita, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Turnpike Authority, Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Federal Highway Administration.
Short closures of I-435 beneficial for motorists
November 17th, 2011
Constructing a major project and still accommodating traffic in one of the most heavily traveled sections of roadways in the state is a challenge that is being met by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).
In October, KDOT and the project contractor, Clarkson Construction Company, made several decisions to benefit motorists on Interstate 435 along an area near Quivira Road in Johnson County where $102 million in roadway improvements are currently underway. During two weekends (9/30-10/3 and 10/14-10/17), KDOT first closed all eastbound lanes of I-435 and then all westbound lanes of I-435 to expedite construction activity.
"Closing I-435 was a short-term pain that resulted in long-term benefits for both motorists and the contractor," said KDOT Metro South Engineer Burt Morey. "Normally we would not close an interstate, but in this case it proved to be beneficial for many reasons."
The closure allowed for the quick construction of a pair of concrete box bridge culverts under I-435 to carry storm water. One was constructed just east of Quivira Road and other just west of Quivira Road. To view photos of work on the culvert construction visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kansastransportation/sets/72157627992632204/ .
"Instead of carrying traffic through a highly constricted construction zone for up to 45 days we were able to expedite the project by working around-the-clock for two weekends. This greatly reduced long-term traffic congestion resulting from construction and more importantly improved safety for motorists and workers."
The section of I-435 closed was located between US-69 and I-35 in Overland Park. I-435 carries an average of 122,500 vehicles per day through this area. KDOT also benefited motorists by changing the original date for the westbound closure. The highway was scheduled to be closed October 7-10, but KDOT postponed the work to the following weekend to accommodate fans traveling to the NASCAR races at the Kansas Speedway.
Improvements being made at US-69 & I-435 are part of KDOT's T-WORKS program. Project work includes construction of southbound collector-distributor road network along US-69 between 103rd Street and 119th Street, widening work on eastbound and westbound I-435 and construction of collector-distributor road network along I-435 between I-35 and US-69.
Interchange improvements will be completed at I-435 & Quivira Road, I-435 & US-69, US-69 & College Boulevard and US-69 & 119th Street.
US-36 rehabilitation underway
November 17th, 2011
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has started work to re-pave two sections of US-36 Highway in Norton County.
The scope of the project includes rehabilitation on two separate stretches of US-36. The first section begins at West Street in Norton, and extends to the east city limits. The second stretch starts at the east US-36/K-383 Junction and ends at the Phillips County line. The two projects total 9.1 miles.
“The project in the city of Norton consists of a three-inch mill and inlay performed in two lifts,”explains KDOT Construction Engineer Jim Riener - of the Phillipsburg office. “The other section beginning at the junction begins with a ½-inch profile mill, followed by a two-inch overlay.”
Flaggers and a pilot car operation will guide one-lane traffic through both work zones during daylight hours. Delays of 15 minutes or less will be expected throughout the construction time frame.
Please use caution, pay attention to the work zone signs, and respect workers when driving through a road work zone. Slow down and "Give 'Em A Break".
KDOT awarded the construction contract - totaling $1,336,000 - to APAC Kansas, Inc. Shears Division of Hays. Subcontractors on the job include: Dustrol Inc, of Towanda, milling; Roadsafe Traffic Systems, of El Dorado, pavement markings; and Garcia-Chicoine, of Milford, Neb., rumble strips.
The pavement repair project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May, of 2010.
Weather permitting, the construction work will take approximately a month to complete.
For questions concerning this project, please contact Jim Riener at (785) 543-2163 or firstname.lastname@example.org in Phillipsburg; or Kristen Brands, Northwest Kansas Public Affairs Manager, at (785) 877-3315 or email@example.com in Norton.
Secretary Miller Announces T-WORKS Preservation Projects
October 11th, 2011
Recently, Deputy Secretary Jerry Younger and I held a news conference to announce all preservation projects scheduled for fiscal years 2012-2013. While the announcement of these projects was certainly not a surprise (they could already be viewed here, on our T-WORKS website), the purpose of the event was to make sure that communities and contractors, along with all of our other stakeholders, know what work is coming up in the next two years. To view the list, click here.
It’s my goal to make this an annual event for us. Each year we will reveal the next two years worth of preservation projects. Thus, next year we will announce fiscal years 2013-2014. And hopefully, we will announce it at the same time each year preferably in July when the new fiscal year begins.
The recent news conference is just one example of putting our watchwords into action. By releasing the list of projects we are being transparent with you, our stakeholders, our performance measures website is a means to hold us accountable, and by providing this information in a timely manner we will improve collaboration with our partners.
I’m very pleased to make this announcement—there was a time when I didn’t think we’d get to announce much (if any) preservation work. This is good news for our state and I want to thank all of you who’ve had a role in making it happen.
Secretary Deb Miller
|Work Type||#Highway Projects||
|Miles of Work||Construction Cost Estimate|
|Heavy Preservation: This includes major road rehabilitation including substantial milling & overlays, as well as pavement replacement. Bridge replacements are considered heavy preservation.||22||38||190||$246 Million|
|Light Preservation: This includes seals and light overlays. Bridge repairs are considered light preservation as well.||263||54||1,071||$147 Million|
|Practical Improvements: These are a hybrid between preservation and modernization projects. Typically, it pertains to adding shoulders to a roadway at the same time as preservation work is being done in order to get additional improvement to the roadway as cost-efficiently as possible.||8||-||105||$22 Million|
|Modernization Projects: This includes projects that improve alignment, flatten hills, widen shoulders, or improve intersections.||9||-||5||12 Million|
|Expansion Projects: This includes projects that add lanes or interchanges to a roadway.||12||1||33||250 Million|
|Preliminary Engineering Only Projects: This includes projects that KDOT has started the preliminary engineering work on but does not have constructions funds designated for. Once preliminary work has been completed, these projects will be candidates for construction as dollars become available.||22||-||-||-|