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IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 19, 2021
For more information:Lynn Hughes, Baldwin City Communications Director
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announced the awarding of $13.5 million for 18 projects selected for inclusion in its Transportation Alternatives (TA) program for Federal Fiscal Year 2022-23.
“The projects we announced today will help our communities make the kinds of improvements that will ensure that Kansas remains the best state in the nation to work, live, and raise a family,” Governor Kelly said. “These are projects that make it safer for children to walk and bike to school, they will add sidewalks for Kansans to walk, bike or use a wheelchair, and they continue to build on our efforts to improve access to our state’s many outdoor recreational opportunities.”
Baldwin City was one of the projects selected. The Sidewalk Gap Project received $620,000 to construct a 5-foot wide, concrete sidewalk, including ADA accessibility along four (4) road segments: 1) 11th Street (westside); 2) Quayle (northside); 3) 2nd Street (eastside); and 4) High Street (northside), according to Ed Courton, Community Development Director.
The Transportation Alternatives Program funds projects focused almost entirely on planning for and building infrastructure for safe, accessible and connected pedestrian and cycling networks. Becoming a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly state is a top priority for Governor Kelly, KDOT and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.
“One of my favorite things about being the Secretary of Transportation is getting to talk to Kansans about how transportation improvements can help support the health, education and economic goals of their communities,” Secretary Lorenz said. “Today we celebrate federal, state and local resources coming together to deliver more for Kansans in all those areas.”
Funds for this program come from the Federal Highway Administration and are currently the primary source of KDOT funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects statewide, including Safe Routes to School. The program also funds surface transportation projects of a historical nature and scenic and environmental projects, including Main Street beautification projects.
Secretary Lorenz said interest in this TA grants cycle was high with 35 applications submitted from eligible project sponsors requesting over $50 million in federal funds. She said KDOT made selections based on criteria such as safety and network improvements, connectivity, cost estimates, project readiness, public support and other factors. Each project sponsor must commit to providing at least 20 percent of the cost of the project as a local cash match.
For more information on the Transportation Alternatives Program, visit http://www.ksdot.org/bureaus/burtransplan/TransAlt.asp or contact Jenny Kramer at Jenny.Kramer@ks.gov or call (785) 296-5186.