KS: K-23 Practical Improvement Project


WINNER: Innovative Management – Small Project
K-23 Practical Improvement Project
Gove County, KS

The Kansas Department of Transportation saved time and taxpayers money through its use of “practical design” strategies that rebuilt 17 miles of a two-lane road in Western Kansas.

KDOT used the practical improvement approach as a creative transportation solution during reconstruction of K-23, a two-lane rural roadway that dated back to a Works Progress Administration project.

Although the roadway was originally built at 28-feet wide, additional asphalt material placed over the years had raised the grade and reduced the roadway to 24 feet. This project removed deteriorated asphalt and rebuilt seven inches lower than current grade – closer to its original grade allowing the roadway to be widened.

The $7.8 million project made the roadway safer by adding new 12-foot driving lanes and two-foot-wide paved shoulders with rumble strips. The practical design saved construction time and more than $11 million in project costs.


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