The director of transportation shall examine the existing highway facilities serving the several hospitals, educational institutions, and correctional and other similar institutions belonging to the state, and located outside municipal corporations. Where the director finds that any such state institution is not located on a state highway or connected with a highway by a suitable road, affording in its present condition adequate transportation facilities to those having occasion to visit such institution, the director may establish a state highway leading to such institution from a convenient point on an existing highway. Where the director finds that any such institution is not served by adequate highway facilities connecting it with the railroad delivery point from which it principally obtains fuel, provisions, and supplies, the director may establish a highway connecting such institution and railroad delivery point. Limitations imposed on the mileage of state highways shall not apply to highways established under this section.
The director may construct at state expense all highways established under authority of this section and pay the entire cost thereof from the state highway operating fund. Such highways shall be maintained by the department of transportation and the cost shall be paid from the highway operating fund of the department.
The directors of transportation, mental health, developmental disabilities, and rehabilitation and correction may cooperate in the establishment, construction, reconstruction, maintenance, and repair of roads within the limits of state institutions. The cost shall be paid from funds appropriated for highway purposes and from the funds appropriated to the department of mental health, department of developmental disabilities, or the department of rehabilitation and correction for capital improvements or maintenance in such proportion as may be agreed upon by the directors of transportation, mental health, developmental disabilities, and rehabilitation and correction.
Amended by 128th General Assemblych.166,SB 79, §1, eff. 10/6/2009.
Effective Date: 10-06-1994