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Kansas Cost Share Program grants $7 million for 11 transportation projects

By: - May 25, 2022 2:24 pm

Gov. Laura Kelly was joined in Olathe Wednesday by Kansas Department of Transportation secretary Julie Lorenz to announce the 11 Spring recipients of $7 million from the Kansas Cost Share Program. (Submitted)

TOPEKA — Kansas is awarding $7 million to 11 transportation projects across the state through the Cost Share Program.

The state-run initiative is intended to improve safety, job retention and growth, and improve access and mobility to cities and counties through transportation. The projects chosen to receive the additional funding include a highway in Johnson County, roads across the state and a trail in Olathe, among others.

This round brings the total amount awarded to Kansas communities’ transportation needs since the inception of the Cost Share Program to more than $100 million.

“Congratulations to each of this year’s Cost Share awardees,” Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday in Olathe. “Thank you for the work you are doing to continue building a beautiful, vibrant, and safe Kansas.”

The program, established in 2019 as a part of the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, uses both state and local funds to spur community transportation projects. Overall, the state has accounted for $103 million, and local dollars have totaled $74 million.

The spring recipients improving roads are Ellis County, Lincoln County, Scott County, the City of Erie, City of Fort Scott, City of Logan and City of Valley Center. Johnson County is making improvements to Interstate 35 and a traffic signal.

Olathe is continuing renovations of a local trail. The City of North Newton is improving sidewalks, and Pottawatomie County is using additional funds to strengthen a bridge.

There were 62 applications for the spring, totaling more than $35 million. The last round, in fall 2021, saw 20 projects of 84 applications awarded a total of $9.4 million.

Kelly was joined in Olathe by Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz to announce the recipients.

“We rely on local leaders to bring us their best ideas for projects that, with a little help, can make a significant difference in a community,” Lorenz said. “Communities come to the table with a solid project plan, the support of local business and community members, and matching funds in place. State dollars help get the projects to the finish line.”

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Noah Taborda
Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda started his journalism career in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, covering local government and producing an episode of the podcast Show Me The State while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Noah then made a short move to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at KCUR as an intern on the talk show Central Standard and then in the newsroom, reporting on daily news and feature stories.