MANHATTAN – Rep. J.R. Claeys (R-Salina) spoke Friday at the annual convention of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers in Manhattan.
“Keeping the promise of T-Works was a top priority for me and for many of you this last session,” said Claeys. “Projects are back on track and the preservation program is where it needs to be to maintain our top national rankings for quality.”
The T-Works program is the state’s current 10-year comprehensive transportation plan to build and maintain highway infrastructure in Kansas.
Hundreds of engineers from across the state were in attendance for the question-and-answer session with Claeys, who chairs the Transportation & Public Safety Budget Committee in the Kansas House of Representatives. The committee is the starting point for Kansas Department of Transportation budgets in the appropriations process.
“Now that we have some resolution in the final years of T-Works, we can begin planning the next program,” said Claeys. “That process will begin later this year with a statewide task force.”
Claeys is a member of the task force assembling recommendations for the next transportation plan. He was appointed in the bill creating the task force and brings four years of experience with Kansas Department of Transportation budgets.
“I go into this process with an open mind as we hear from folks across the state,” said Claeys. “Experience tells me that a shorter program will give us more predictable costs, and a protected funding stream is critical to getting projects completed.”