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:

Applicant Project TA Funds Awarded
Marysville Broadway Street and Railbed $                  91,626
Baldwin City Ped-Bike Connectivity Project $                580,180
Eudora Bluejacket Trail: Phase 2 $                283,824
Lawrence Lawrence Loop $                480,000
Osage City Flint Hills Trail (thru the city) $             1,000,000
TMTA Bikeshare Expansion $                  49,522
Council Grove Riverwalk trail north Extension $                421,029
Salina Smoky Hill River Renewal $                167,514
Ellsworth Stormwater Management $                517,960
Beloit SRTS Phase 2 c $                372,312
Council Grove SRTS Phase 1 $                  12,000
Strong City Strong City SRTS $                  12,000
Russell U.S. 281 Hwy Sidewalk $                248,000
Girard Western Ave. Pedestrian Facility $                208,765
Ottawa K-68/Main Street Multimodal $                351,450
Pittsburg Memorial Drive Trail Project $                  88,000
Pleasanton Pedestrian Trails Plan $                320,720
Arkansas City Hike-bike trail extension $                840,091
Minneola Accessible Walkways $                275,989
Scott City Santa Fe Street Rail Trail $                315,000
Garden City 8th Street Cultural District $                750,000
Ulysses City of Ulysses SRTS Phase 1 $                  12,000
KDWPT FHT: 17th St to Lewelling Rd. $             1,080,762
23 projects $        8,478,744
Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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