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KDOT receives $84M in federal funding for infrastructure

KDOT set to shut down parts of Highway 75 Tuesday for maintenance.
KDOT set to shut down parts of Highway 75 Tuesday for maintenance.(Kansas Department of Transportation)
Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 11:47 AM CST
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NEWTON, Kan. (KWCH) - Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday afternoon that Kansas received $93,711,327 from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. She and Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz gave a breakdown of the funding for 2021.

More than $5 million was federally designated for the Kansas City metro area, nearly $4 million went to metropolitan Wichita. The remaining $84.6 million will be utilized by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

KDOT will use $37.5 million to restore motor fuel tax revenues and replace what has been lost since April of 2020. About $12.5 million will go to cities and counties using the Special City Council Highway Fund (SCCHF) formula. All Kansas counties and more than 600 cities that are eligible for SCCHF will receive the funds.

KDOT will use $25 to $40 million in preservation construction lettings by December. The state said this will mean more jobs for Kansans and more highway and bridge work in 2022 and 2023.

Lastly, KDOT will use $10 to $15 million to increase funding through local partnership programs. The programs help provide funding to cities and counties to address local transportation needs. Special consideration will be given to communities that have suffered above average revenue losses, potentially in connection to unemployment.

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