Governor Laura Kelly Announces $28.5M for 32 Pedestrian and Bike Transportation Projects

MANHATTAN – Today at Manhattan Catholic Schools, Governor Laura Kelly announced $28.5 million has been awarded for 32 Transportation Alternatives (TA) program projects across Kansas for Fiscal Year 2023-24.  

The competitive grant program, administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), provides funding for a variety of projects, including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure for non-driver access to public transportation, and overall safety and mobility improvements. 

“This funding will make it easier for Kansans to get outside and get moving no matter where they live,” Governor Kelly said. “By investing in our infrastructure, we are making our communities safer, stronger, and more attractive for generations to come.” 

Since 2019 and as part of the Kelly Administration’s bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program (IKE), KDOT has awarded $59 million for 91 TA projects to both urban and rural communities. This round of TA fund distribution was larger than previous years due to additional federal funds provided to Kansas as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  

Manhattan Catholic Schools, the site of today’s announcement, was used by Governor Kelly to bring attention to how TA grants have been used to make it safer for children to travel to and from school. Past grants have built out the City of Manhattan’s Safe Routes to School program, improving crosswalks and new bicycle trails so students at six local schools can travel to class safely. This year’s grant adds to that work. 

“Connectivity makes a community, and these projects enhance connections by offering children and adults safe ways to walk or bike to the places they need to go” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz. “Everyone wins with these through collaborative, community-based planning which builds infrastructure to serve current and future generations.” 

Funds for the TA program come from the Federal Highway Administration and are currently the primary source of KDOT funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects statewide, including Safe Routes to School. The program also funds transportation projects of a historical nature and scenic and environmental projects, including Main Street beautification projects. 

For this grant round, KDOT received nearly 50 applications, totaling more than $83 million in federal funds. The TA program requires a 20% local match. Project recipients selected for this round provided a local match of more than $7 million.  

The 32 Kansas TA projects selected to receive an award are: 

Project Sponsor  County Project Title  TA Award
Atchison – City of Atchison Atchison Middle School Safe Routes to School Stage 2 – Santa Fe West Sidewalks $695,492
Augusta – City of Butler Redbud Trail – Connection to Augusta $3,286,974
Baldwin City – City of Douglas Maple Leaf Trail – Phase 2 $670,000
Belle Plaine – City of  Sumner  Pedestrian Crossing Safety  $338,155 
Columbus – City of Cherokee Safe Routes to School – Phase 2 $307,200
Council Grove – City of Morris Safe Routes to School – Priority 1 Improvements $855,800 
De Soto – City of  Johnson De Soto Recreation Trails – Priority 1  $776,486 
Dodge City – City of  Ford Comanche Trail Bike/Pedestrian Trail $872,776
Dodge City – City of Ford South Dodge Walking Trail $1,697,854
Ellinwood – City of Barton Ellinwood – Downtown Pedestrian Access and Streetscape Improvements  $1,053,265 
Emporia – City of  Lyon Sidewalk System Improvement Project $483,744
Eudora – City of Douglas  K-10/Church Street – Shared Use Path  $947,404 
Frontenac – City of Crawford  Sidewalk Improvements  $1,457,458 
Garden Plain – City of Sedgwick  Harry and Main Street Sidewalks  $268,800 
Halstead – City of Harvey   Safe Routes to School – Priority 1 Improvements  $401,630 
Independence – City of Montgomery  West Main – Multi Use Path and Sidewalk  $980,224 
Junction City – City of Geary  Spring Valley Road -Sidewalk Improvements  $389,000 
Lawrence – City of Douglas  Safe Routes to School – Sidewalk Improvements  $955,000 
Leavenworth – City of  Leavenworth  Vilas Street – ADA and Sidewalk Upgrades (10-20 and 20-22)  $1,265,840 
Manhattan – City of  Riley  Juliette Avenue  $1,200,583 
Manhattan – City of  Riley  K-18 & 17th Street – Pedestrian Improvements  $1,193,365 
McPherson – City of McPherson  Northview Trail – Phase 2 $856,351
Medicine Lodge/Barber Co. Barber  Iliff Corridor – Pedestrian Improvements $531,516
Neodesha – City of Wilson  Safe Routes to School – Construction $864,739
Osawatomie – City of Miami  John Brown and South Levee Loop Project $1,530,770
Parsons – City of   Labette  Tolen Creek Trail $784,272
Sabetha – City of   Nemaha  Oregon Street – Sidewalk Project $955,000
St. George – City of  Pottawatomie  Increase ability to walk/bike in St. George $1,008,660
Strong City – City of  Chase  Cottonwood St. – Streetscape Project $780,000
USD 270-Plainville Rooks  Safe Routes to School and Beyond $15,000
WaKeeney – City of Trego  Downtown – Pedestrian Access and Streetscape Improvements $1,287,481
Winfield – City of  Cowley  Pedestrian Access Expansion $210,670 


                       TOTAL: $28,499,909 


For more information, visit or contact Jenny Kramer, KDOT State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, at or (785) 296-5186. 

Photos from today’s announcement for media use can be found below.