Cause for Alarm: Kansas T-Works Program Work Reductions Due to Highway Fund Transfers

by HCAGKC
on 27 January 2015
Construction industry representatives last Friday received an important update on KDOT's projections of income and expenditures from Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King and State Transportation Engineer Jerry Younger. The presentation highlights drastic reductions in the T-Works program that are cause for alarm, but the HCA is working with industry partners to keep T-Works fully funded and delivering the projects and jobs that were promised. For more details please click "READ MORE" to view the full memo from Executive Director Edward DeSoignie and the accompanying slide show.

To: All HCA Members
Re: Kansas T-Works Program Work Reductions Due to Highway Fund Transfers
Date: January 27, 2015

Attached to this memorandum is a copy of the slide presentation given to construction industry representatives late last Friday afternoon by Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King and State Transportation Engineer Jerry Younger.
The presentation details KDOT's projections of income and expenditures based on both the original projections of the 2010 T-Works Program as well as the current projections taking into account Governor Brownback's proposed diversions of highway funds.
Secretary King noted that the construction program for state Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 014 to June 30, 2015) will drop by over $51 million and the Fiscal Year 2016 construction budget will drop by $246 million to $636 million due to the Governor's proposed diversions. KDOT's plans on dealing with the reductions are too severely scale back its' preservation program of which the annual overlay program, the interstate resurfacing program and bridge repair/rehabilitation are major components. Assuming no further diversions are made in Fiscal Year 2017, the construction program will go up to $718 million, which they said is their projected, normal construction program. The justification for suspending preservation can be readily seen on pages 5 and 6 of the slides which show bridge conditions and pavement preservation levels (interstate and non-interstate pavements) are currently exceeding their respective targets.
These drastic reductions are cause for alarm. We are working with our industry partners to keep the T-Works fully funded and delivering the projects and jobs that were promised. We will be communicating to you shortly what you can do to help with this effort.

Edward DeSoignie
Executive Director