The Kansas Department of Transportation will accelerate $50 million worth of preservation projects to produce jobs ahead of schedule and to take advantage of low construction costs currently available. The 32 projects that will be advanced are included in the 10-year, $8 billion T-WORKS transportation program passed by the 2010 Legislature. They are part of the $4.2 billion set aside under T-WORKS for preservation, which includes work such as the repair and reconstruction of roads and bridges. Many of the 32 preservation projects were to be scheduled for 2013; others had yet to have a start date. KDOT is able to move these projects ahead of schedule partly because of savings captured in recent project lettings. there will be five projects in Northwest Kansas that will be accelerated. In Norton County, they include a light preservation on highway K-261 from Sebelius Lake to the junction with U.S. Highway 36 for 1.2 miles. The other is a light preservation project form the U.S. Highway 283 and K-9 junction south of Norton north to the 283 and 36 junction for 14.7 miles.