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Kan. gets $2M from feds for trails program

Published on -9/14/2012, 2:56 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- State officials plan spend $2 million in federal transportation funds to enhance recreational trails in Kansas, clarifying an earlier decision to opt out of a provision of the federal program.

The funding was announced Friday. It comes just days after the Kansas Department of Transportation said it would opt out of a provision of the federal highway funding law that gives states money to develop trails.

KDOT spokesman Steve Swartz says the agency never intended to abandon the trails system. By opting out of the federal program the state would still receive funds, but it Kansas officials would be able use part of the money for other needs.

Swartz said KDOT will send all of the money to the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for use on trails.

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