Federal funding approved for I-70 and K-7 interchange
The Federal Highway Administration has announced $3.34 million of $5.45 million for highway projects in Kansas will go to the reconstruction of the Interstate 70 and Kansas Highway 7 interchange.
The administration Tuesday announced 2012 discretionary funding grants for five projects in Kansas. Grant funding for the I-70 and K-7 interchange will go toward preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction of the west half of the interchange.
The rest of the federal funding will go toward two projects supporting the national scenic byways program in the state, improvements at the Fort Larned National Historic Site and a fitness and school trail in the city of Hiawatha.
In June 2011, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that $68 million in T-WORKS funding would go toward the project, enough to cover the first three phases of construction in the 10-phase project. The first phase of construction includes most of the western loop. The federal funds will decrease the state’s contribution to the project, according to Kimberly Qualls, spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
The portions of the overall interchange reconstruction that most concern the city of Bonner Springs — the interchanges at Kansas Avenue and 130th Street — remain unfunded.