Today, Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announced 16 counties have received approximately $8.5 million through the Kansas High Risk Rural Roads (HRRR) Program.

The HRRR program is a state/local partnership initiative designed to improve safety on off-system rural roads. This year’s HRRR selections include 16 counties with total projects costs of $11 million. When Coronavirus Relief Funds and Highway Infrastructure Program funds became available earlier this year, KDOT was able to distribute twice the funds typically available for HRRR annually. 

“This $8.5 million will go a long way to improve critical local roadways, protect Kansans, and spur economic growth,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “As our economy continues to recover from COVID-19, we must use every tool in our disposal to ensure a strong, resilient foundation for years to come. Congratulations to the 16 Kansas counties that submitted successful applications.”

Chip Westfall, Harvey County Commissioner and whose county was a successful applicant, acknowledged the HRRR funds will enable needed safety enhancements to proceed on locally-owned roads. Westfall is also Chairman and President of the Kansas Association of Counties.

“I am always pleased when our Harvey County Road and Bridge Department can partner with KDOT to improve or make our county roads safer,” said Westfall. “The county is going to upgrade signage at approximately 28 intersections that use multiple stop signs.”

Kansas HRRR funds cover 90-100 percent of total project cost with the counties making up the difference if required. KDOT was able to select six additional HRRR projects for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022 and several projects previously scheduled for FFY 2023 have moved up to FFY 2022.

“When additional federal coronavirus relief funds became available, KDOT recognized the need to move quickly to expand the HRRR program to as many counties as possible,” said KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz. “Even with the additional money, we are only able to fund half the applications received, which shows the high demand for rural safety projects.”

KDOT received more than 30 applications for 2021 HRRR safety-related funding for off-system rural roadways. HRRR project funding ranged from $62,000 to $1.4 million. Counties sent in applications for this program from November 2020 to the end of February 2021.

Projects in this program fall into one of two categories: Systemic (encompassing a local roadway collector network) or Site Specific. Projects in the Systemic category are 100 percent federally funded and do not require a local match. Site Specific projects are 90 percent federally funded with the county contributing at least 10 percent of the cost.

The county, category, amount awarded, federal fiscal year (FFY) and brief description for HRRR projects receiving funds are shown below:


Project Category and Description

Amount Awarded

Federal Fiscal Year


Systemic: Upgrade signing of all major collectors east of K-7.


FFY 2023


Site Specific: Roadway widening and shoulder improvements on Old US-50 between Faun Road and U.S. 75.



FFY 2022




Site Specific: Improve intersection geometry of Road 4 and Avenue G


FFY 2023



Site Specific: Install pavement markings, rumble strips and signing at two intersections on Old U.S. 40.



FFY 2022


Systemic: Upgrade signing at 28 intersections on local roads.



FFY 2023



Systemic: Install pavement markings on all paved roads.


FFY 2022



Site Specific: Improve shoulders and install rumble strips on Route 5.



FFY 2023


Systemic: Install pavement markings on all paved roads.



FFY 2022



Site Specific: Improve shoulders and install rumble strips on Indigo Road


FFY 2023



Site Specific:  Improve shoulders on 27th Avenue from Overland Road to the north city limits of Canton.



FFY 2023





Site Specific: Roadway widening and shoulder improvements on Old KC Road.



FFY 2023





Site Specific: Improve shoulders on CR4700 from south city limits of Coffeyville to CR1200 (Kansas/Oklahoma state line) and intersection geometric improvements at CR4700 and CR1450.



FFY 2023


Site Specific: Intersection improvements at D Road and Road 16 and D Road and Road 24.



FFY 2022


Site Specific: Install guardrails and delineate roadside hazards on C Road from 20 Road north to K-96.


FFY 2022


Systemic:  Upgrade signing on all roads west of U.S. 183.



FFY 2023



Systemic: Upgrade signing on all major collectors east of K-25


FFY 2023


* Indicates counties identified as being especially hard-hit economically because of COVID-19.