U.S. 54 Expansion in Seward County and Other Regional Projects

Page last updated: April 10, 2024

U.S. 54 Expansion from U.S. 83 to Tucker Road

Project Update

After two years of public engagement and extensive reviews of design options for the U.S. 54 expansion project from U.S. 83 to Tucker Road (including the reconfiguration of the former Six Points intersection), KDOT is moving forward with the following preferred intersection option and recommended corridor alternative.

  • An upgraded signalized intersection where U.S. 54 remains on its existing alignment and U.S. 83 is realigned near 5th Street to improve the angle of the intersection.
  • U.S. 54 will remain on the existing alignment and then separate (before 8th Street) into a four-lane expressway directed around Garrettsville to the southeast. The expressway will reconnect with the existing four-lane highway.
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Selected Corridor and Intersection

As the design process advances, KDOT will continue to:

  • Coordinate directly with the property owners affected by this project,
  • Optimize private driveway and local road connectivity in coordination with business owners and the City of Liberal,
  • Continue to distribute project information and anticipated construction timelines.

Design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction schedules depend on project approvals and inclusion within the IKE Construction Pipeline. This project is not yet funded for construction. A construction timeline will be provided once selected for the IKE Construction Pipeline.

Project Details

Project Name U.S. 54 Expansion from U.S. 83 to Tucker Road
Project Number KA-6559-01
Location U.S. 54 from the former Six Points intersection (U.S. 54/U.S. 83) in Liberal northeast to Tucker Road
DescriptionInvestigate reconstruction and expansion of U.S. 54 from the former Six Points intersection in Liberal northeast to Tucker Road
Length Roughly 3 miles
Construction Cost Estimate $60 million

Project Materials / Materiales del Proyecto

Public Meeting Presentation (English and Spanish) / Presentación de la reunión pública (Inglés y Español):

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The U.S. 54 Expansion from U.S. 83 to Tucker Road is one of several regional projects.

Other Regional Highway Improvements

KDOT is investing more than $100 million in Seward County highway infrastructure to enhance safety, reduce congestion and support economic growth within the region. There are 12 projects in various stages along U.S. 83 and U.S. 54 including four-lane expansion, passing lanes, pavement preservation and intersection improvements. The map below shows project locations and stages. The numbers on the map correspond to the project details listed in the legend table below.

Planning and Design

1. U.S. 54 Four-Lane Expansion Design from 0.5 miles NE of Panhandle Rd to Seward/Meade county line.
2. U.S. 54 Four-Lane Expansion Discovery Phase from U.S. 83/U.S. 54 junction to Tucker Rd (Includes the former Six-Points Intersection).
3. U.S. 83 Passing Lanes Study from U.S. 160 to U.S. 56 (Two separate projects split at the Seward/Haskell county line).

These projects are in the planning and design phase, and there are no traffic impacts at this time. Anticipated impacts will be communicated in advance of construction.

Currently Under Construction

4. U.S. 54 Four-Lane Expansion from Tucker Rd to County Rd O ($23.3M). Timeline: Estimated completion Nov. 2023.
6. U.S. 83 Repaving with Passing Lanes from Oklahoma border to just north of U.S. 83/K-51 junction ($17.6M). *Timeline: Estimated completion April 2024.
7. U.S. 83 & Salley Road Intersection Improvements adding turn lanes and an acceleration lane ($2.7M). *Timeline: Estimated completion April 2024.
10.  U.S. 54 Repaving 1.8 miles east of Meade/Seward county line to just west of Meade city limits. *Timeline: Estimated completion Oct. 2023.
11.  U.S. 83 Repaving with Passing Lanes from 1 mile north of K-51 to U.S. 160. *Timeline: Estimated completion Nov. 2023
*Timeline changed since Nov. 2022.

All highways planned to remain open to traffic through construction—including projects currently under construction listed here.

Future Construction

8. U.S. 54 Passing Lanes from Meade/Seward county line east for 1.8 miles. *Timeline: Contractor bids delayed by right-of-way; now planned for fall 2023.
9. U.S. 54 Passing Lanes 3.4 miles east of the U.S. 54/U.S. 160 junction east for 2.7 miles. *Timeline: Contractor bids delayed by right-of-way; now planned for fall 2023
12. U.S. 83 Pavement Reconstruction from Sublette to County Rd 150. *Timeline: Contractor bids planned for Feb. 2024.
*Timeline changed since Nov. 2022.

All highways planned to remain open to traffic through construction—including future construction projects listed here.

Completed

5. U.S. 54 Four-Lane Expansion from west of Arkalon Park Rd (Rd R) to Panhandle Rd, new bridge over Cimarron River ($27.6M). Timeline: Opened to traffic in June 2023. 

U.S. 54 Access Changes on U.S. 54 between County Rd 6/ Tucker Rd and County Rd 8

KDOT is making significant investments on the U.S. 54 corridor between Liberal and Kismet to reconstruct and expand the existing highway to a four-lane expressway. Consolidating the number of direct highway access points decreases the number of potential conflict points—where crashes could occur. That means county roads and driveways with current access to the highway will be closed, with traffic being re-routed to select intersections via local roads and new connector routes. Currently, there are two construction projects underway and two projects in the early discovery phase. As part of these projects, access to U.S. 54 has changed along the corridor and is summarized in the map and legend below.

Access Changes Legend
1/2On the south, County Rd 7 and County Rd M access to U.S. 54 has been closed and rerouted via a new M-7 Connector now open to traffic.

3/4

On the north, County Rd 7 access to U.S. 54 is now closed to realign via the new M-7 Connector. It is anticipated to be complete in Nov. 2023. Access on the north from County Rd 6 and County Rd M to U.S. 54 will remain closed.
5/6County Rd 6 access to U.S. 54 is closed on both sides of the expressway. Additional access is being considered with the discovery phase of U.S. 54 from U.S. 83/U.S. 54 junction to Tucker Rd (project #2).

7/8

Bluebell Rd and 2nd St access to U.S. 54 was closed in 2013. Additional access is being considered with the discovery phase of U.S. 54 from U.S. 83/U.S. 54 junction to Tucker Rd (project #2).


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Public Meetings

  • Time - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Location - Seward County Community College: Room/Cuarto: SW229D (1801 N. Kansas Avenue, Liberal, KS 67901)
  • Public Comment Period - November 14, 2023 to November 30, 2023

  • Agenda - KDOT hosted an open house-style public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 14 at Seward County Community College (1801 N. Kansas Ave.) for the U.S. 54 expansion project from U.S. 83 (the former Six Points intersection) to Tucker Road. Modified design options to reconfigure the former Six Points intersection were shared. The community-preferred options have been advanced to present more detailed information and impacts for public consideration and input. / KDOT organizará una reunión pública informativa el martes 14 de noviembre a las 5:30 p.m. en Seward County Community College (1801 N. Kansas Ave.) para el proyecto de ampliación de la U.S. 54 desde la U.S. 83 (la antigua intersección de los Seis Puntos) hasta Tucker Road. Se han avanzado las opciones preferidas de la comunidad para presentar información e impactos más detallados para la consideración y para los comentarios públicos.

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  • Time - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location - Seward County Commission Chambers, 2nd Floor (515 N Washington Ave.) in Liberal, Kansas
  • Public Comment Period - July 18, 2023 to July 31, 2023

  • Agenda - KDOT hosted a public meeting to share potential options to reconstruct and expand U.S. 54 from U.S. 83 (the former Six Points intersection) to Tucker Road. Potential design options to reconfigure the former Six Points intersection were also shared. Two meetings with the same content were held – one in English and one in Spanish. / KDOT organizó una reunión pública para poder compartir las posibles opciones para reconstruir y ampliar U.S. 54 desde U.S. 83 (la antigua intersección de Six Points) hasta Tucker Road. Fueron compartidas las posibles opciones de diseño para reconfigurar la antigua intersección de los seis puntos. Se llevaron a cabo dos reuniones con el mismo contenido, una en inglés y otra en español.

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  • Time - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location - Seward County Commission Chambers, 2nd Floor (515 N Washington Ave.) in Liberal, Kansas
  • Public Comment Period - July 18, 2023 to July 31, 2023

  • Agenda - KDOT hosted a public meeting to share potential options to reconstruct and expand U.S. 54 from U.S. 83 (the former Six Points intersection) to Tucker Road. Potential design options to reconfigure the former Six Points intersection were also shared. Two meetings with the same content were held – one in English and one in Spanish. / KDOT organizó una reunión pública para poder compartir las posibles opciones para reconstruir y ampliar U.S. 54 desde U.S. 83 (la antigua intersección de Six Points) hasta Tucker Road. Fueron compartidas las posibles opciones de diseño para reconfigurar la antigua intersección de los seis puntos. Se llevaron a cabo dos reuniones con el mismo contenido, una en inglés y otra en español.

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  • Time - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location - Seward County Activity Center (810 Stadium Rd) in Liberal
  • Public Comment Period - November 10, 2022 to November 28, 2022

  • Agenda - KDOT hosted a community-wide public information and input meeting to discuss Seward County highway projects under construction, changes to access, projects soon to be in construction and those further out on the horizon. The meeting was held on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Seward County Activity Center in Liberal. A brief presentation began at 4:15 p.m. and again at 5:15 p.m.; KDOT staff was available to answer questions. The public was invited to submit comments online Nov. 10 to Nov. 28.

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Who to Contact

Ron Hall
Southwest District Engineer
620-765-7074
ron.hall@ks.gov

Yazmin Moreno
Southwest District Public Affairs Manager
620-765-7080
yazmin.moreno@ks.gov

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