Kansas announces $28.5 million for 32 pedestrian and bicycle transit projects – Newstalk KZRG


MANHATTAN — Governor Laura Kelly announced $28.5 million has been awarded for 32 Transportation Alternatives (TA) program projects across Kansas for the 2023-24 fiscal year.

The competitive grant program, administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), provides funding for a variety of projects, including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure for non-driver access to public transportation and overall improvements in safety and mobility.

“This funding will make it easier for Kansans to get out and move around no matter where they live,” Governor Kelly said. “By investing in our infrastructure, we are making our communities safer, stronger and more attractive for generations to come.

Since 2019 and under the Kelly administration’s bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program (IKE), KDOT has awarded $59 million for 91 technical assistance projects to urban and rural communities. This round of technical assistance fund distributions was larger than in previous years due to additional federal funds being provided to Kansas under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

Manhattan Catholic Schools, the site of Friday’s announcement, was used by Governor Kelly to draw attention to how AT grants have been used to make it safer for children to travel to and from school. Past grants have helped expand the City of Manhattan’s Safe Routes to School program, improving crosswalks and new bike lanes so students at six local schools can get to class safely. This year’s grant builds on that work.

“Connectivity builds community, and these projects improve connections by giving children and adults safe ways to walk or bike to where they need to go,” Kansas Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz said. . “Everyone wins through collaborative, community-based planning that builds infrastructure to serve current and future generations.”

Funds for the TA program come from the Federal Highway Administration and are currently KDOT’s primary source of funding for statewide bicycle and pedestrian projects, including Safe Routes to School. The program also funds historic transportation projects and scenic and environmental projects, including Main Street beautification projects.

For this round of grants, KDOT received nearly 50 applications, totaling more than $83 million in federal funds. The TA program requires a 20% local match. Beneficiaries of projects selected for this round provided local matching of more than $7 million.

The 32 Kansas TA projects selected to receive an award are:

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