There will be numerous benefits to the communities of Kingman and Pratt counties when construction begins at the end of the year on highway expansion in both counties. There will be 13 miles of expansion between the two counties at a total cost of $88.9 million. The Federal Highway Administration has said that for every million dollars spent on a project like this, it creates or impacts 33 jobs, and that money is then spent in communities on goods and services. Local suppliers also cash in on the project, and in the end everyone traveling that stretch of road will benefit from the increased safety. Our family drives that stretch of road many times a year, and the upgrade to four lanes will make a huge difference.
…the improved infrastructure helps promote new businesses. It also enhances traffic safety and efficiency. “It’s (expansion) good for business and economy overall,” Swartz [KDOT Public Information Officer] said. Expansion projects will be around for several years so the economic impact will also be felt during that time. The Pratt County portion will last about a year starting in April 2013 while the Kingman County portion will start December 2011 and run for three years providing an extended period of economic benefits.
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