Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wyandotte County receives $3.3 million in federal funding for highway project

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced $5.45 million in 2012 discretionary funding grants for five projects in Kansas.

The project to receive the largest funding is in Wyandotte County for the reconstruction of the I-70 and K-7 interchange – a project necessary to reduce traffic congestion, improve access and support future economic development.

Grant funding of $3.34 million will go toward preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction of the west half of the interchange.

Two projects will go toward supporting the national scenic byways program in the state. Also included are improvements at the Fort Larned National Historic Site and a fitness and school trail in the city of Hiawatha.

The national discretionary program represents special funding categories where the FHWA solicits for candidates and selects projects for funding based on applications received.

Nationwide, more than $363 million in grants funding will be allocated for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.