KECHI, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol has broken ground for its new headquarters in the south-central part of the state.

Gov. Sam Brownback joined other dignitaries at the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday in Kechi, located outside Wichita.

The 22,000-square-foot building will house the patrol's Troop F, which has outgrown its current quarters in Wichita. The building is expected to be ready by July 2015 and will also be used by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Patrol officials say the $3.5 million project is being financed with funds from asset forfeitures. The land is owned by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Troop F patrols 13 counties of south-central Kansas.