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Grant For $18 M To Fund 35 Pedestrian, Bicycle, Historic Site, Highway Projects In Kansas

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $18 million to 35 projects around the state through its transportation enhancement program.

Transportation Enhancement  is a federally funded program that provides cities, counties, and other groups with funding for transportation projects like bike paths, pedestrian traffic, bicycle safety education, historic restoration, scenic highway programs, and the conversion of abandoned railroad lines into trails, among other things.

The agency says it received 91 applications seeking more than $63 million from the federally funded program. All applicants must cover at least 20% of the cost of their project.

Some interesting projects that won funding include:

Historical Projects

  • Frisco Station Depot restoration in Augusta.
  • rail cars and the depot restoration at Great Overland Station in Topeka.
  • Breezedale gateway monuments and the Santa Fe Depot restoration in Lawrence.

Scenic/Environmental Projects

  • Scenic Overlook construction at Cheyenne Bottoms
  • streetscape improvements in downtown Lindsborg
  • building an information kiosk on U.S. 66


  • expanding the Redbud Bikd Trail from 13th and 21st street in Wichita, and 159th street and Patricia Street in Andover
  • constructing a shared use path connecting the Flint Hills Nature Center to the River Walk Trail
  • implementing Phase 1 of the Hays Bike Master Plan
  • creating bicycle lanes on 1st and 2nd street in Wichita
  • adding wayfinding signs along the K-96 bike path from Grove Park to K-96 and Central in Wichita
  • adding bicycle lanes and shared lane marking on Market Street and Topeka Avenue from 21st Street to Mount Vernon in Wichita.

Read the full list of projects here (links to a PDF document.)

When she's not out making lattes in her mobile coffee bus Sunflower Espresso, Kate Hutchens is a fill-in host for KMUW. She has worked in broadcast journalism at KFDI, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and at KMUW as Morning Edition host, which she did until March 2017.