State Announces $400K For U.S. 160 Improvements In Winfield; $1.25M Slated For U.S. 81 In Wellington


U.S. 160 in Winfield and U.S. 81 in Wellington have been selected for local roadway improvements, according to a news release Gov. Laura Kelly’s office.

“Governor Laura Kelly announced today that 34 cities across Kansas have been selected to receive a total of $28.65 million for improvements to the State Highway System located within city boundaries,” the news release said Wednesday. “The funds will be directed to preserve and improve pavement, add turn lanes, and modify intersections along essential roadways in both rural and urban areas throughout the state.”

For U.S. 160 in Winfield, the state announced $400,000 for surface preservation. U.S. 81 in Wellington will receive $1.25 million for pavement restoration.

Other area recipients include El Dorado, which will see $400,000 for surface preservation for U.S. 77. Anthony will see $900,000 for pavement restoration for K-44.

The grants are administered through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s City Connecting Link Improvement Program. A City Connecting Link is defined as any routing of the State Highway System located with the corporate limits of a city, not including the Interstate System. For this CCLIP cycle applying to state fiscal years 2024-2025, KDOT received 54 applications requesting $38 million.

“By making this investment, we’re improving the safety and accessibility of Kansas roadways that are local centers of community life,” Kelly said. “Through these grants, we’re delivering economic opportunities throughout rural and urban Kansas.”

Kelly and Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announced the CCLIP awards in Fort Scott Wednesday, where $1.5 million in CCLIP funds will be directed to improvements on U.S. 54, also known as Wall Street.

KDOT was able to increase CCLIP funding level for this selection cycle by more than $10 million over previous years due to additional federal funds coming to Kansas as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation. Both federal and state funds are designated for the CCLIP program and local matching funds are required based on city population.