Kansas DOT Awards $18M to 34 Transportation Alternatives Projects
TOPEKA, KS The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) said it has awarded $18 million to 34 "transportation alternatives" projects, in its program for federal fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for work that develops or promotes alternatives to regular roadway travel.
KDOT said that projects eligible under this federal program include facilities for pedestrians and bicycles, scenic or historical highway facilities, landscaping and scenic beautification, historic preservation of transportation facilities, conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails, control or removal of outdoor advertising, archaeological planning and research related to transportation, and the safe-routes-to-school program.
In all, the state agency said project sponsors submitted 39 applications seeking just over $29 million during an open application period from May 8, through July 7.
"There was a lot of public support illustrated in the project applications, which means these are projects that the people of Kansas find valuable within their communities and want to have access to," said Matt Messina, Coordinator of the Transportation Alternatives Program for KDOT. "Investments made through our TA Program help us make transportation connections no matter how people choose to travel. It's all about providing people with multi-modal transportation options."
KDOT evaluated made selections based on criteria developed with input from various state agencies and external partners. Those criteria included safety benefits, network improvements, cost estimates, project readiness, public support and other factors.
To participate, project sponsors must commit to providing at least 20 percent of the cost as a local cash match, and KDOT said total estimated costs for the 34 selected projects is $24 million.