The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is completing a discovery phase study for proposed improvements to expand roughly 2 miles of U.S. 56 to four lanes from the Great Bend east city limits to the K-156 intersection in Barton County. Improvements to the K-156 intersection are also being explored.
Local stakeholder engagement and a public meeting are scheduled to occur in late summer 2022. Click here for public meeting details.
This project is in the early design/study phase and is not yet funded for construction. It was identified as a high regional priority during a Local Consult meeting in 2019 and was selected for the IKE Development Pipeline in May of 2020. Once the project has moved through final design, it would be eligible for the IKE Construction Pipeline. If selected, a proposed construction year would be provided.
Information presented at the September 15, 2022 public meeting is available below.
Meeting information can be made available in alternative accessible formats upon request. For information about obtaining an alternative format, contact the KDOT Division of Communications, 700 SW Harrison St., 2nd Fl West, Topeka, KS 66603-3754 or phone 785-296-3585 (Voice)/Hearing Impaired – 711.
Video courtesy of the Virginia DOT
|Project Name||U.S. 56 Expansion Study in Barton County|
|Location||From Great Bend east city limits (Kiowa Road) to K-156|
Study the addition of two lanes and reconstruction of existing lanes to provide a four-lane divided expressway; includes limiting highway access and other safety enhancements
|Cost Estimate||Roughly $18 million|
|Project Timeline||Project is currently in the discovery phase with public input occurring in late summer 2022|
Thomas J. Hussa, P.E.
KDOT Project Manager
KDOT Public Affairs Manager