By Jeff Sorensen-SmithAssociated PressThe Army Corps on Friday announced a $1.8 billion project to restore Highway 84 in northern Kansas.
The highway is the last major obstacle to a road that will connect the northern and central parts of the state.
The project will help bridge the gap between the cities of Fergus Falls and Lawrence, and is the first major project funded by the Department of Transportation.
The Army will reconstruct a 1,600-foot section of highway at Fort Riley, north of Lawrence, about 2.5 miles east of the city.
It is expected to take four years to complete.
The highway is also being repaired in other parts of Kansas.
A project to reopen Interstate 50 in Kansas City, Kansas, will begin soon.
The Army Corps said it would not be a major project.
The work was completed in the summer of 2016, but the project took years to get under way because of a lack of funding.
The army has been working with local officials to bring the project back on track, said Brig. Gen. Tim Buehler, a project manager for the Army Corps.
The project includes reconstructing highway infrastructure, including the highway itself, the bridges over it and the construction of ramps.
It also includes replacing some bridge piers and replacing the surrounding roads.
It is estimated that restoring Highway 84 will cost about $3.5 billion.