KDOT To Hold Public Hearings
May 8, 2000 (Release 00-073)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Marty Matthews, (785) 296-3585
KDOT To Hold Public
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is seeking
public input on lane miles that may be removed from the State
Highway System as a part of KDOT's System Enhancement
Program. Under the program's guidelines, project sponsors may
agree to take over responsibility for sections of highway as one
way to receive "extra credit" points on their System
Enhancement project application. If the project is selected for
System Enhancement funding, the sections then lose their State
route designation and are no longer the responsibility of KDOT.
This happens only after the System Enhancement Project for which
the miles were submitted is completed and open to traffic.
"Offering extra credit for removing lane miles from the
State Highway System is an effective way to maximize the
state's resources," said Kansas Secretary of
Transportation E. Dean Carlson. "This is why it was included
in the first System Enhancement selection process for the highly
successful Comprehensive Highway Program (1989-1997) and it is
why we are using it again."
These hearings will focus solely on removing miles from the
State Highway System and not the merits of the proposed System
Enhancement projects. KDOT personnel will not make any
presentations. The purpose of the public hearings will be to
listen to public input, both pro and con, regarding potential
routes that may be removed from the State Highway System as a
result of the System Enhancement Program.
To allow time to consider the information gathered at these
hearings, KDOT will delay the announcement of System Enhancement
project selection. Announcements had been expected to take place
in early summer but are now expected to occur in mid summer.