Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly joined Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03), KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz, and local officials to commemorate the completion of the re-opening of westbound I-70 as part of the multi-phase Lewis & Clark Viaduct project. The Lewis & Clark Viaduct is comprised of a series of bridges that carry eastbound and westbound I-70 over the Kansas River, providing a vital connection between Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri.
“Since day one, my administration has prioritized pragmatic investments to rebuild our state’s foundation,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “The Lewis & Clark Viaduct reconstruction project demonstrates this priority — and the power of federal, state and local partnerships to deliver more for Kansans. By working together, we can restore our aging infrastructure and make transformational investments to make travel safer, create jobs, and propel our economy forward.”
“Thanks to the collaborative work of our federal, state, and local partners, the completed Lewis & Clark Viaduct project will help keep our families safe, our communities connected, and our economy running,” said Representative Sharice Davids. “I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Kelly, Secretary Lorenz, and our local stakeholders as we push for a transformational infrastructure package in Congress that restores our aging infrastructure and creates good paying jobs here in Kansas to fuel our economy for years to come.”
Governor Kelly noted the 59-year-old westbound I-70 bridge had deteriorated significantly, which was requiring nearly a million dollars in maintenance costs each year to keep the structure safe and operable.