Winfield, Belle Plaine Among 32 State Pedestrian/Bike Transportation Projects To Receive Funding

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The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced funding across the state for 32 pedestrian and bike transportation projects, including Winfield and Belle Plaine.

According to a news release from the Gov. Laura Kelly’s office, the state is awarding $210,670 to the City of Winfield for pedestrian access expansion.

The City of Belle Plaine is set to receive $338,155 for pedestrian crossing safety.

Overall, the state is awarding $28.5 million for such projects.

“This funding will make it easier for Kansans to get outside and get moving no matter where they live,” Kelly stated in the news release. “By investing in our infrastructure, we are making our communities safer, stronger, and more attractive for generations to come.”

Funds for the Transportation Alternatives program come from the Federal Highway Administration and are currently the primary source of KDOT funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects statewide, including Safe Routes to School. The program also funds transportation projects of a historical nature and scenic and environmental projects, including Main Street beautification projects.

For this grant round, KDOT received nearly 50 applications, totaling more than $83 million in federal funds. The TA program requires a 20% local match. Project recipients selected for this round provided a local match of more than $7 million.

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