KDOT Awards $8.5 Million in Transportation Alternatives Projects

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has selected 23 projects for inclusion in its Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2020.

Eligible projects under this federal program include facilities for pedestrians and bicycles; scenic or historical highway programs; 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.

KDOT received 46 applications from eligible project sponsors requesting nearly $36.9 million in federal funds. Cities and counties across the state submitted applications for the TA program, which were received during an open application period from June 14, 2018, to Sept. 10, 2018.

“We were happy to see so many quality applications from across the state this year. This proves how popular the TA program is and how important these types of projects are to Kansas communities,” said Matt Messina, Coordinator of the Transportation Alternatives Program for KDOT. “The main goals of the TA program are to help provide communities with more transportation options and to preserve or improve what they already have, and that’s what these projects will do.”

KDOT reviews and evaluates every application and makes selections based on criteria developed using input from various internal departments and external partners, such as safety and network improvements, cost estimates, project readiness, public support and other factors such as geography and funding distribution. All project sponsors are required to provide at least 20 percent of the cost as a local cash match and are 100 percent responsible for non-participating items.

A full list of TA projects that are selected to receive an award is shown in the table below:

ApplicantProjectTA Funds Awarded
MarysvilleBroadway Street and Railbed$                  91,626
Baldwin CityPed-Bike Connectivity Project$                580,180
EudoraBluejacket Trail: Phase 2$                283,824
LawrenceLawrence Loop$                480,000
Osage CityFlint Hills Trail (thru the city)$             1,000,000
TMTABikeshare Expansion$                  49,522
Council GroveRiverwalk trail north Extension$                421,029
SalinaSmoky Hill River Renewal$                167,514
EllsworthStormwater Management$                517,960
BeloitSRTS Phase 2 c$                372,312
Council GroveSRTS Phase 1$                  12,000
Strong CityStrong City SRTS$                  12,000
RussellU.S. 281 Hwy Sidewalk$                248,000
GirardWestern Ave. Pedestrian Facility$                208,765
OttawaK-68/Main Street Multimodal$                351,450
PittsburgMemorial Drive Trail Project$                  88,000
PleasantonPedestrian Trails Plan$                320,720
Arkansas CityHike-bike trail extension$                840,091
MinneolaAccessible Walkways$                275,989
Scott CitySanta Fe Street Rail Trail$                315,000
Garden City8th Street Cultural District$                750,000
UlyssesCity of Ulysses SRTS Phase 1$                  12,000
KDWPTFHT: 17th St to Lewelling Rd.$             1,080,762
23 projects$        8,478,744
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.