Kansas DOT Awards $12 Million to Transportation Projects

Nov. 29, 2023
The cost-share initiative was launched in 2019

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced 16 projects secured a chunk of $12 million allocated to this round of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) cost-share program. The state investment leveraged $7.2 million in community dollars to address projects on the fall 2023 list.

“No one can better pinpoint a community’s transportation needs than the people who actually live and work there,” the governor said. “That’s why we’ve partnered with local communities to invest a total of $19 million in projects that will improve safety, support job retention, relieve congestion and make it easier to travel across the state.”

The cost-share initiative was launched in 2019. So far, the state selected 165 projects to receive $140 million in state funds attached to nearly $100 million in local dollars.

Calvin Reed, secretary of the state Department of Transportation, said requests ranged from sidewalk improvements to airport bypasses.

“We recognize that the program has high expectations,” Reed said. “Selection criteria for this program includes economic development opportunities, local contributions, regional priorities and geographic distribution.”

Three projects authorized in this round received $1.5 million each from KDOT, including the reconstruction of North Street in Halstead, West Magnolia Road in Salina, and Hell Creek Bridge in Russell County. In Brown County, $957,000 was earmarked for rehabilitation of 270th Street. Haysville was awarded $890,000 for the South Broadway pedestrian pathway project, and Deerfield secured $750,000 for fixes to of Main Street.

Other projects on KDOT’s latest list include:

  • Abilene’s North Van Buren Street intersection, $724,000,
  • Harper’s Ash and Walnut street restoration, $636,000,
  • Hillsboro’s Adams Street improvement, $585,000,
  • Parsons’ Main Street sidewalk replacement, $583,000,
  • Clark and Comanche county pavement project, $590,000.

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Source: Kansas Reflector

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