Transportation Makes Kansas Work!

INVESTMENT MAKES IT POSSIBLE

Kansas’s Economy, Quality of Life & Security Depend on Our Transportation Infrastructure

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges (Kansas)

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges

The average Kansas motorist pays $1.04 per day in highway user fees to build and maintain our state’s roads and bridges.

  • 46 cents/day through the state gas tax
  • 39 cents/day through the federal gas tax
  • 6 cents/day through motor vehicle ownership state fees
  • 13 cents/day in tolls

The average Kansas household spends 5 times more per month for land line and cell phone service than it invests to build and maintain the roads and bridges we use.

Kansas spends $234 a year per capita on road and bridge capital improvements. Kansas ranks #29 among all U.S. states in this important category. Here’s how we compare to our neighbors:

Driving on poor roads costs the average Kansas motorist $435 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

How Our Money is Spent (Kansas)

How Our Money is Spent

This is How the Kansas Transportation Department Spends Our Highway User Money

This is How We Compare to Neighboring States

Source of Funding for Kansas’s Annual Road & Bridge Capital Investment Budget
Over the Past 10 Years

How Kansas Invests Its Federal Highway Funds

The federal gas and diesel fuel taxes we pay supported $7 billion in road and bridge work in Kansas just over the past 10 years, including $1.7 billion to improve our share of the nation’s Interstate Highway System.

Employment & Tax Impact (Kansas)

Employment & Tax Impact

Kansas Jobs & Tax Base Supported by Transportation Infrastructure Investment Investments in Kansas’s transportation infrastructure supports…

43,190 full time jobs in the state—more than 50% non-construction related.  These Kansas residents earn $1.6 billion annually and contribute $297 million in local, state, and federal taxes.

662,077 full time jobs in the state in key industries like tourism, trucking, retail sales, agriculture and manufacturing are completely dependent on the state’s transportation infrastructure network.  These Kansas residents earn $25 billion annually and contribute $4.6 billion in state taxes.

State of Our Roads & Bridges (Kansas)

State of Our Roads & Bridges

2,676 miles of Kansas’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Kansas City to Las Vegas and back — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average Kansas motorist $435 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

2,303 bridges in Kansas are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 757,284 times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 29 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Kansas. Over 7,000 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in Kansas spent $707 million on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.

Sources: ARTBA analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Employment and tax information from ARTBA’s 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile. 

Updated June 2016