SCOTT CITY – Today, Governor Laura Kelly congratulated Scott City for receiving $412,000 in Cost Share funds. This project will add a secondary access point to the Eastridge Subdivision by extending 8th Street from Jefferson to Oak. This project enhances safety and provides economic development benefits for the community.
“Congratulations to Scott City for receiving $412,000 in the latest round of Cost Share funding,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “By working with our local partners to invest in our communities, our Cost Share program is improving road safety, mobility, and helping recruit new families and businesses to our state. This project is proof that when we work together to make smart, innovative investments in our foundation, all Kansans see results.”
A component of the Kelly Administration’s 10-year, bipartisan transportation plan, the Cost Share program is designed to help rural and urban areas advance transportation projects to improve safety, support job retention and growth, relieve congestion, and improve access and mobility. Scott City was among 30 transportation construction projects selected for the Spring 2021 Cost Share recipients.
Scott City Mayor Everett Green is thrilled Scott City was among the Cost Share recipients.
“Through the application process, we tried very hard to communicate what we believe to be critical needs for Scott City,” said Mayor Green. “This project meets several needs of our community including improved opportunities for much-needed new housing and enhanced safety and convenience for residents.
“For a community this size, it can take years to build up reserves large enough to fund a project like this. KDOT’s support of this project allows us to address critical needs in a more timely manner.”
Demand is high for Cost Share transportation dollars. Michelle Needham, Economic Development Programs Manager for KDOT, said 117 communities requested more than $103 million in funding for this, the fourth round of the Cost Share program.
“KDOT was impressed with how this round of Cost Share projects hit markers for economic development, safety and community support,” said Needham. “Recognizing the need to support economic recovery, KDOT and our Cost Share partners are working collaboratively to expedite delivery on selected projects.”
KDOT is investing $21 million in this cycle of Cost Share with recipients contributing a combined total 50/50 match of $21 million, a total of $42 million in funding through state and local partnerships. The agency took advantage of 2020 federal coronavirus relief funds by doubling the available Cost Share funding for this round. Selection criteria was adjusted to consider hardships caused by the pandemic and points were added to communities that endured above-average economic loss.