The Kansas Department of Transportation is awarding about
$15 million to 27 local street and intersection projects, under a program that helps fund improvements to state highways that extend through cities.
The award designations include $7.25 million in the fiscal year 2019 that begins next July 1, and $7.75 million in fiscal 2020.
It is an example of how various state DOTs operate programs that are designed specifically to help maintain roadway infrastructure in local communities.
KDOT said that under its City Connecting Link Improvement Program, a city contributes up to 25 percent of the project cost based on its population, while cities with populations under 2,500 are not required to provide a match.
Projects that are covered fall into one of three different categories – surface preservation, pavement restoration or geometric improvement.
The preservation projects involve maintenance work such as resurfacing and are funded up to $300,000 per project, KDOT said.
But the restoration and geometric improvements require more extensive work and are funded up to $1 million per project.
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