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KDOT awards projects within city limits


Downs, Norton and Stockton will receive fiscal year 2015 funds under the Kansas Department of Transportation's Geometric Improvement Program.

KDOT announced the statewide selection of projects this week in Leavenworth. The projects will improve intersections and address road deficiencies in 18 cities throughout Kansas.

The scope of the northwest Kansas awarded projects are: Downs -- on Kansas Highway 181, from U.S. Highway 24 south to Delay Street; Norton -- on U.S. Highway 36, from west of Brown Street to east of Jones Avenue; Stockton -- on U.S. Highway 183, from north of the U.S. Highway 24 intersection to the north side of Sixth Street.

The state will provide $10.9 million for the 18 projects selected across the state, which will be built at an estimated cost of $15.4 million. The cities will provide matching funds to cover the remainder of the costs. The percent of state funding is based on the size of the city and ranges from 75 percent for the largest cities to 100 percent for the smallest.

State contribution for the northwest Kansas projects is Downs, $698,100, Norton, $750,000, and Stockton, $700,000.

KDOT received 40 applications requesting $27 million in funding (for projects totaling $37 million).

Roads selected for Geometric Improvement funding are part of the state highway system but located within city limits.

The Geometric Improvement Program is funded under the T-WORKS transportation program, which was passed by the 2010 Legislature. To track these and other T-WORKS projects, visit the T-WORKS website at kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/.