Governor Laura Kelly Announces $3.5M Grant for 13 Transportation Initiatives: A Leap Towards Enhanced Safety and Mobility in Kansas

By Trish Svoboda

Today, May 21, Governor Laura Kelly declared that the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Innovative Technology Program will grant $3.5 million to 13 initiatives. This program invests in enhancing safety, access, and mobility and in implementing new transportation technology.

All types of transportation projects are eligible for this funding. The current round of technology upgrades includes improvements in aviation and rail, traffic engineering, school zone enhancements, and expansion of the CDL program with truck simulators.

Each recipient will contribute a minimum of 25% local match to the state funding, leading to a total investment of over $5.3 million in innovative technology. This program is a component of the bipartisan 10-year, $10 billion Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, also known as IKE, under the Kelly administration.

KDOT – Awarded Innovative Technology Projects
Project NameApplicant OrganizationCountyKDOT funds
Advanced UAS Flight Operations and Simulation CenterKansas State University – SalinaSaline $1,000,000
Rail Freight Bulk ScaleBestiforRepublic $959,925
Clean-Agent Fire Suppression SystemSalina Regional AirportSaline $900,000
Truck Simulators for CDL Program ExpansionSeward County Community CollegeSeward $335,625
Safety View Software ApplicationCity of Overland ParkJohnson $131,249
Traffic Signal Battery Back-UpsCity of Great BendBarton $58,802
El Dorado Street Condition Assessment with AICity of El DoradoButler $52,500
Replace School Crossing Lights and SignageCity of RossvilleShawnee $21,000
Noninvasive Barrier Repair Lightweight SystemKansas State UniversityRiley $18,682
Jet Plain Road Runner Road Grader TrailerGreeley CountyGreeley $14,437
Digital Speed SignCity of OlsburgPottawatomie $7,500
Radar Speed SignCity of Valley FallsJefferson $6,217
School Zone Sign EnhancementPottawatomie CountyPottawatomie $6,000
Total:   $3,511,937

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