Kansas Department of Transportation

Kansas highway pavement conditions

Kansas highway pavement conditions

What is the condition of Kansas highways? Each year the Kansas Department of Transportation surveys the condition of highway pavement and issues a report called the Network Optimization System (NOS) Survey. [1. Kansas Department of Transportation. Pavement Management Information System (PMIS). Available at https://www.ksdot.org/bureaus/matreslab/pmis/reports.asp.] Of the condition of highways, the report notes: "Since the data was first collected in 1983, the percentage of pavement surface in good condition has appreciably increased while the percentage of poor pavement has significantly decreased." Here's a chart of the conditions of Kansas roads and highways. [3. Kansas Department of Transportation. 2017 Kansas NOS Condition…
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Kansas highway spending

Kansas highway spending

A look at actual spending on Kansas highways, apart from transfers. When we look at actual spending on Kansas roads and highways, we see something different from what is commonly portrayed. Kansas Department of Transportation publishes a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that details spending in four categories. These figures represent actual spending on roads and highways, independent of transfers to or from the highway fund. For fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30, 2018, spending on two categories (Maintenance and Modernization) rose slightly from the year before, while spending on the categories Preservation and Expansion and Enhancement fell. For these…
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Kansas highways set to crumble, foresees former budget director

Kansas highways set to crumble, foresees former budget director

Duane Goossen, former high Kansas government official, says the state's highways are in trouble. What is his evidence? In a recent op-ed, Duane Goossen laments the lack of spending on Kansas roads and highways. [1. Goossen, Duane. Trouble coming for Kansas highways. Garden City Telegram, March 30, 2018. Available at http://www.gctelegram.com/opinion/20180330/trouble-coming-for-kansas-highways.] His focus is his claimed lack spending on maintenance, which, he says, will lead to much larger repair bills in the future. "But now the Kansas road system is truly threatened." He raises the common "Bank of KDOT" criticism, writing "The highway fund became a convenient source of cash."…
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Kansas highway spending

Kansas highway spending

A look at actual spending on Kansas highways, apart from transfers. When we look at actual spending on Kansas roads and highways, we see something different from what is commonly portrayed. Kansas Department of Transportation publishes a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that details spending in four categories. These figures represent actual spending on roads and highways, independent of transfers to or from the highway fund. For fiscal year 2017, which ended June 30, 2017, spending on three categories (Maintenance, Preservation, and Modernization) was nearly unchanged from the year before, while spending on the category Expansion and Enhancement fell by 31…
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In Kansas, sweeps to continue

In Kansas, sweeps to continue

Even though the Kansas Legislature raised taxes, sweeps from the highway fund will continue. Why did the legislature and governor raise taxes in Kansas? One reason cited by many is the need to stop "robbing the highway fund." This refers to transferring ("sweeping") money from a fund in the Kansas Department of Transportation to the state's general fund, where the money is then spent on things besides highways. There was bipartisan agreement that this practice should stop. Highways were falling apart, it was said, even though spending on major road maintenance programs continued at about the same level. [5. Weeks,…
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