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Kansas Governor Announces $23M for Road Improvement Projects in 36 Kansas Cities

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly announces that 36 Kansas cities will receive a combined total of $23 million to improve highways and intersections as part of the Kansas Department of Transportations (KDOT) City Connecting Link Improvement Program (CCLIP).

“Through our bipartisan transportation plan, we are committed to preserving and improving Kansas’s highways by investing transportation dollars in the projects they were intended for,” Kelly said. “By working with local leaders to address transportation challenges and strengthen our state’s roadway system, we will create jobs and business opportunities now and for future generations.”

Highway Infrastructure Program funds coming to Kansas enabled this round of CCLIP funds to increase from $18 million to $23 million for use in fiscal years 2022-2024. A City Connecting Link is any routing of the State Highway System located within the corporate limits of a city.

Demand for CCLIP funding was high with cities having dealt with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. KDOT received 61 applications requesting $37 million in funding toward $47 million in total construction.

“The CCLIP program is another way KDOT partners with communities to provide more options and help solve transportation problems,” said Secretary Julie Lorenz. “CCLIP projects help cities improve safety and contribute to economic growth and vitality.”

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Under the CCLIP, a city is required to contribute up to 25 percent of the project cost based on its population, though some cities contribute significantly more. Cities under 2,500 in population are not required to provide a match.

CCLIP projects fit into one of three categories:

  • Surface Preservation - SP projects involve maintenance work such as resurfacing and are funded up to $300,000 per project.
  • Pavement Restoration - PR projects are funded up to $1 million and typically involve full-depth pavement replacement without changes to the overall geometric characteristics and may also address drainage issues.
  • Geometric Improvement - GI projects address geometric issues such as adding turn lanes, improving intersections, or modifying the lane configuration and are funded up to $1 million per project.

For each project – the city, highway, category, and amount awarded include:

  • Fairview, U.S. 36, Geometric Improvement, $2,000,000
  • Centralia, K-9, Geometric Improvement, $1,000,000
  • Emporia, U.S. 50, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Horton, U.S. 73, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • St. Marys, K-63, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Atchison, K-7, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Manhattan, K-18, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Cawker City, U.S. 24, Geometric Improvement, $1,000,000
  • Abilene, K-15, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Clay Center, K-15, Surface Preservation, $600,000
  • Concordia, K-9, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • McPherson, U.S. 81B, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Council Grove, U.S. 56, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Ellsworth, K-14, Surface Preservation, $600,000
  • Colby, U.S. 24, Geometric Improvement, $1,000,000
  • Stockton, U.S. 24, Geometric Improvement, $1,000,000
  • Baxter Springs, U.S. 69A, Pavement Restoration, $1,000,000
  • Parsons, U.S. 59, Pavement Restoration, $1,000,000
  • Independence, U.S. 75, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Independence, U.S. 75, Geometric Improvement, $1,000,000
  • Hoisington, K-4, Pavement Restoration, $1,000,000
  • Belle Plaine, K-55, Pavement Restoration, $2,000,000
  • Augusta, U.S. 54, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Larned, K-19, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Kingman, U.S. 54, Pavement Restoration, $1,000,000
  • Lyons, U.S. 56, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • El Dorado, U.S. 77, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Hutchinson, K-61, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Wellington, U.S. 160, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Newton, K-15, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Winfield, U.S. 77, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Great Bend, K-96, Surface Preservation, $300,000
  • Garden City, K-156, Geometric Improvement, $1,000,000
  • Ness City, K-96, Pavement Restoration, $750,000
  • Cimarron, K-23, Surface Preservation, $600,000
  • Leoti, K-25, Pavement Restoration, $500,000

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