A new 10-year transportation plan for Kansas may be just down the road, in a manner of speaking.
Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz unveiled the FORWARD plan recently and it has already been introduced in the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees. Kansas Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine of Emporia has long championed transportation matters as a state priority. He says the next plan, whether it’s FORWARD or something else, must have secure funding for it to be successful.
FORWARD in intriguing to Longbine because it has several components he likes. There is a community funding match component as part of an effort to develop more partnerships with local levels and develop more improvements across the state. The plan sets aside $10 billion overall with $500 million per year on maintenance and upkeep. It also evaluates and chooses projects every two years instead of once every 10 years.