HOUSE BILL No. 2158
By Committee on Transportation
AN ACT relating to county roads; concerning certain construction and
repair thereon; amending K.S.A. 68-1103 and repealing the existing
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Sec. 1. K.S.A. 68-1103 is hereby amended to read as follows: 68-
1103. (a) Whenever the board of county commissioners of any county
shall determine that it is necessary to build or repair any road, bridge or
county's share of the cost of which shall be less than the sum
of $250,000, the board shall may appropriate an amount equal to its share
and shall immediately make all contracts for labor, material and all other
expense necessary for the construction or repair of such work in the man-
ner provided by law or shall may make and let a contract for the con-
struction or the repair thereof, but the amount appropriated shall not
exceed the county engineer's estimated cost to the county for the work.
In any county having a population of more than 25,000 and containing
two or more cities of the second class, the board of county commissioners
shall determine the necessity of building or repairing any bridge or
bridges; shall pass a resolution declaring that such a necessity exists and
shall immediately build such bridge or bridges at a cost to be determined
by the county engineer's estimate of not to exceed $100,000 per bridge
and appropriate money therefor. The levy for such purpose shall not
exceed two mills upon the assessed valuation of the county.
(b) In any such county or counties where there has been constructed
prior to the passage of this act or shall be hereafter constructed any road,
bridge or bridges culverts which shall have been destroyed or rendered
impassable, or shall be hereafter destroyed or rendered impassable by
flood, high water, fire or other casualty, or where there is any road, bridge
or bridges condemned culvert determined by the board of county com-
missioners and the county engineer as unsafe and or inadequate to meet
the demands of present day traffic or where the board of county com-
missioners has made a determination under subsection (a), then such
board of county commissioners may immediately thereafter construct,
repair and or reconstruct such road, bridge or bridges culvert; may adopt
a resolution finding and determining a necessity for such construction,
repair or reconstruction and may at once proceed to construct, repair or
rebuild reconstruct the same at a cost to be determined by the county
engineer's estimate not exceeding $250,000 per bridge and shall appro-
priate a sufficient amount of money therefor, or if there be not a sufficient
amount of money therefor in the proper funds of the county, such board
is hereby authorized and empowered to issue general obligation bonds
or warrants of the county to pay the costs for the work herein provided
for. Any bonds issued under the authority of the foregoing provision of
this section this subsection shall not be subject to any limitation on the
bonded indebtedness of the county. In Jewell county, bonds also may be
issued for the construction and repair of roads in accordance with the
provisions of this subsection.
(c) Such board is hereby authorized and empowered to levy and col-
lect taxes for the purpose herein named or for the purpose of retiring any
warrants bonds that have been issued , which shall not exceed two mills
upon the assessed valuation of the county.
(d) Under the provisions of this section those bridges which are sit-
uated across any stream on any county road are hereby declared to have
a preference over the bridges on other roads and shall be repaired and
reconstructed before any other bridges are repaired and reconstructed.
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 68-1103 is hereby repealed.
Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.