Kansas DOT Providing 30 Projects with Cost Share Program Fundseditor@aashto.org June 4, 2021 0 COMMENTS
The Kansas Department of Transportation is providing more than $42 million to support 30 transportation projects statewide via the latest round of funding from its Cost Share Program for the spring 2021 construction season.
[Above photo by the Kansas DOT]
The agency noted that its Cost Share Program – a component of the state’s 10-year Eisenhower Legacy Transportation or IKE Program – aims to help both rural and urban areas advance projects that improve safety, support job retention and economic growth, relieve traffic congestion, plus improve access and mobility.
“Infrastructure projects like the ones funded through Cost Share are a perfect example of how government can make smart investments that not only make our economy more dynamic and competitive, but also make Kansas a better place to live, work, and play,” said Governor Laura Kelly (D) in a statement.
“Through this $42 million investment in 30 communities from every corner of our state we will have safer roads, increased access to outdoor recreation, and the opportunity to modernize important historical landmarks,” she noted.
The Kansas DOT added that it took advantage of 2020 federal coronavirus relief funds by doubling available grants for this the fourth round of Cost Share funding – adjusting its selection criteria to take into account hardships caused by the pandemic, adding “points” to communities that endured above-average economic loss.
The agency noted it is investing $21 million in this Cost Share round with recipients contributing a 50/50 match of $21 million.
Julie Lorenz, Kansas DOT secretary, noted that demand for Cost Share transportation dollars remains strong, especially after the “long, tough year we’ve been through,” adding that 117 communities requested more than $103 million in funding for this round of the Cost Share Program.
The agency originally launched its Cost Share Program in September 2019 as part of an effort to leverage state funding for transportation projects alongside local and private funding.
The Kansas DOT pointed out that its Cost Share Program is open to all transportation projects including roadway – both on and off the state highway system – rail, airport, bicycle/pedestrian, and public transit programs, but that the funds can only be used for construction purposes.