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November 20th, 2019

kdot logoROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times

 

Two projects in Seward County are among the 22 in the state announced Tuesday by Gov. Laura Kelly and Kansas Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz as part of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s new Cost Share Program.

A press release from KDOT said the projects total nearly $74 million in state, local, federal and private investment in transportation improvements statewide.

“These projects demonstrate communities’ commitments to improve the quality of life for their citizens and to do so in a practical manner,” Kelly said. “This program also demonstrates the grate things that happen when communities and the state work together.”

Nearly 100 applications were submitted in the first round of the program from across Kansas.

“There is pent up demand for transportation investments across our state,” Lorenz said “I am excited to provide resources to help build safer, healthier and livelier communities that Kansans – young and old – want to make their forever homes.”

The Cost Share Program will provide funding to local entities for transportation projects that improve safety, support job retention and growth, improve access or mobility, relieve congestion and help areas across the state improve the transportation system.

Funding for the $39 million grant awards is part of the $216 million authorized by the Kansas Legislature and Governor Kelly to remain in the state highway fund in fiscal year 2020.

In addition to the Cost Share Program, those funds are being used to increase highway preservation, help complete delayed T-WORKS projects, improve safety and provide new funding opportunities for cities and counties.

The next call for applications for the second round of projects will be announced next year.

Selected projects include two in Seward County:

• The KC Park and Hike & Bike Trail; and 

• Dedicated turning lanes at U.S. Highway 83 and Salley Road.

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