The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has scheduled a series of eight T-WORKS meetings across the state in late September and early October. Please consider attending and speaking up for safe walking and bicycling in Kansas.
From Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King:
I would like to invite you to attend an upcoming local consultation meeting in your area. As you may know, the purpose of these meetings is to gain input from communities about what their transportation priorities are. The input provided in these meetings in the past helped with the development of T-WORKS, a 10-year $7.8 billion transportation program, passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2010. In our last round of local consultation meetings, participants were asked to prioritize projects based on the funding levels available for their region. The input provided at these meetings played a critical role in determining what highway modernization and expansion projects would be selected for construction. Governor Brownback announced the $1.8 billion worth of modernization and expansion projects selected for construction in 2011. I want to thank all of you that contributed to the meetings leading up to that.
We need your input again. While we don’t have any additional dollars available for the construction of projects, it’s important that we have a few projects in the pipeline should more funding become available. In order to have projects ready to go when funding becomes available, KDOT must complete preliminary engineering work such as conducting a study, purchasing right-of-way or completing the design work. Thus, the purpose of these upcoming meetings is for communities to prioritize a few projects in their area that could be selected for preliminary engineering work.
In addition to prioritizing projects, participants will also get the opportunity to provide input on future revenue sources for transportation. And for those interested in the T-WORKS Aviation, Rail and Transit programs there will be a breakout session held to both provide program updates and gain input from participants.
Below are the dates and locations of the meetings, as well as the agenda for the meeting in your region.
Region Date Time City Location North Central Sept. 24 1pm-4pm Salina Kansas Highway Patrol Training Facility, 2025 E. Iron Ave. Agenda Northwest Sept. 25 9am-12noon Hays Kansas Highway Patrol Headquarters, 1821 W. Frontier Rd. Agenda Southwest Sept. 26 9am-12noon Dodge City Magouirk Conference Center, 4100 SW Comanche Agenda South Central Sept. 27 9am-12noon Hutchinson Ramada Conference Center, 1400 N. Lorraine Agenda Kansas City-Metro Oct. 1 9am-12noon Olathe Holiday Inn Olathe, 101 W. 151st St. Agenda Northeast Oct. 2 1pm-4pm Topeka Eisenhower State Office Building, 700 SW Harrison Agenda Southeast Oct. 3 1pm-4pm Chanute KDOT District 4 Chanute Complex, 411 W. 14th Agenda Wichita-Metro Oct. 11 1pm-4pm Wichita KDOT Wichita Metro Hillside Office, 3200 E. 45th St. N. Agenda
Among the topics that will be discussed at each local consultation meeting are:
- T-WORKS Update
- KDOT’s Goals and Challenges
- Future Revenue Sources for Transportation (includes a survey of participants)
- Future Projects
- Multimodal Opportunities
Each meeting includes breakout sessions to give participants a chance to voice their opinions and ask questions in a small group setting.
“When we get together this fall, we want to hear community leaders’ thoughts on a variety of transportation-related topics,” said Deputy Secretary and State Transportation Engineer Jerry Younger. “These meetings are an important part of ensuring that the T-WORKS program is understood and is working for Kansans.”
The T-WORKS program is designed to create jobs, preserve highway infrastructure and provide multimodal economic development opportunities. It includes $4.2 billion in highway preservation projects and $1.8 billion in highway modernization and expansion projects, plus additional funds for transit, aviation, rail and local roads. The program provides a minimum of $8 million in investment in each of Kansas’ 105 counties. [read more]
We need bicyclists and pedestrians to show up and speak up at these T-WORKS meetings. No attendance leads to no voice in the decisions.
As always, be polite, respectful of others opinions, but insistent about the critical need for KDOT to provide for safe walking and bicycling on and across Kansas roadways.