Winfield approved for $400K in road improvement funds; Sedan to receive $1.25M

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Winfield is set to receive $400,000 in state/federal funding for highway surface preservation.

According to a news release from Gov. Laura Kelly’s office, the money is from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s City Connecting Link Improvement Program.

Overall, 27 cities across the state were selected for the latest round of $22 million in funding from the program, which improves intersections and state highways extending through cities.

Sedan will receive $1.25 million for pavement restoration.

KDOT was able to increase CCLIP funding for this selection cycle due to additional federal funds coming to Kansas as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation, the governor’s office said. The program will provide $5.1 million in state fiscal year 2025 and $16.9 million in state fiscal year 2026.

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Both federal and state funds are designated for the CCLIP program. Local matching funds are required based on city population.

In total for this CCLIP cycle, KDOT received 60 applications requesting $53 million.

The 2021 federal infrastructure bill received just one Kansas vote in Congress via Rep. Sharice Davids, a Roeland Park Democrat.

Republicans Jake LaTurner of Topeka and Tracey Mann of Salina voted against, as did Ron Estes, whose district includes Wichita and the Cowley County area.

In the U.S. Senate, Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, both Republicans, voted against.

Overall, eight Republicans joined all 200 Democrats in passing the infrastructure bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, while 19 Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in the Senate.

“Pooling resources is an excellent way for cities to maximize the benefits of additional funding for local transportation investments,” Kansas Transportation Secretary Calvin Reed said. “Investing in highways that also serve as city streets is a huge benefit to communities to improve safety and create a better environment for business activity.”

CCLIP projects can be submitted in three categories: Surface Preservation, which involves maintenance work such as resurfacing; Pavement Restoration, which includes full-depth pavement replacement and possibly drainage issues; and Geometric Improvement, which addresses turn lanes, intersection improvements, or modifications to lane configurations.

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