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Beginning Friday, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will be demolishing a bridge that passes over I-235 in northwest Wichita.

The demolition of the 25th Street bridge over I-235 is set to be completed by 6 a.m. on Monday. The work is part of a nearly $20 million project which will include the rebuilding of five bridges that pass over I-235.

KDOT says I-235 traffic will be rerouted through the area. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane, and existing ramps will be used to avoid the project.

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The Kansas Department of Transportation is moving forward with a bridge maintenance project in Reno County.

It is one of three projects statewide that was approved in January.

The bridge is on U.S. 50, about three miles from the Reno/Stafford County line.

It’s just outside of the city of Sylvia.

KDOT District 5 Spokesman Zach Oswald says the bridge is more than 40 years old and needs extensive maintenance.

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Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is hoping the federal government can rescue several critical infrastructure projects that the state can no longer afford.

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In what could be a blow to the road construction industry in Kansas, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) on Tuesday said it will only spend $44 million on new projects in the next fiscal year.

For the past several years KDOT has let about $400 million just on preservation projects, including roads and bridges.

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Ten more road projects in Kansas have been postponed indefinitely. That’s in addition to the 24 that were put on hold last month.

“Yesterday we were informed that the 18 projects that were scheduled to be let in January, KDOT has reduced that down to eight,” says Bob Totten with the Kansas Contractors Association.

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A new program in Kansas is working to find ways to use drones to help with bridge and tower inspections.

The Kansas Unmanned Aerial Systems program was created to help several state agencies tap into drone technology to improve processes and save money. Test flights began this month to help the Kansas Department of Transportation’s bridge inspection teams.

UAS Director Bob Brock says using drones will help improve the safety of KDOT workers.

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The Kansas Department of Transportation is delaying 24 more road projects due to funding concerns.

KDOT says its future funding is uncertain, so the agency is making decisions about projects on a month-by-month basis.

KDOT spokesman Steve Swartz says 34 projects were supposed to go up for bid in December, but now only ten will move forward. The other 24 projects are postponed indefinitely. Work would have started next summer.

Swartz says postponing the work will save the state about $32 million and won’t cause any safety issues on Kansas’ roads.

Andy Marso / KHI News Service

The Kansas Department of Transportation opened bids Wednesday on a highway project that is key to legislative races in southeast Kansas.

The project would expand U.S. Highway 69 from two lanes to four between Kansas City and Pittsburg — something residents of that part of southeast Kansas say is essential for safe movement of people and goods.

Five companies bid between $20 million and $23 million on a contract for the first stage of the project in Bourbon County.

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A study by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) says 96.7 percent of interstate highways and 91.7 percent of non-interstate highways in the state were ranked as "good" in the fiscal year ending in July.

To figure out the rating, the department evaluates the state's 10,000-mile highway system annually and gives marks based on scores of surface roughness and distress. KDOT says it aims for 85 percent of interstate highways and 80 percent of non-interstate highways to be rated as good. This year's rankings were higher than that.

kandrive.org

As travelers plan to hit the road this Labor Day weekend, the Kansas Department Of Transportation is offering useful tools online. KDOT Spokesperson Ann Williamson says the traveler assist system – kandrive.org – can be a helpful resource.

"You can go see camera pictures of the roads, you can also map out your route and then there are links to other travel info, as well as being able to see the weather," she says.

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