Governor Laura Kelly secures $20 million in federal grants to improve rail infrastructure

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~~ Corresponds to $29.5 million in public and private investments ~~

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that nearly $50 million in federal, state and private investments will go towards two railroad projects – the Southwest Kansas Infrastructure Upgrade Project and the Gateway Project KYLE rail – in north central and southwestern Kansas. $20 million of this amount comes from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant program, a federal grant program of the US Department of Transportation. Governor Kelly directly defended both grant applications with the Federal Railroad Administration.

“I am grateful that we were able to obtain these two federal grants to improve our rail network,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “By investing in this part of the supply chain, we are strengthening Kansas’ role as the nation’s logistics hub and making it easier for manufacturers and farmers to get their products to market.

Funds for the Kyle Railroad Gateway project will, among other things, replace 23.5 miles of obsolete track with upgraded continuous welded rail on the Kyle Railroad Company’s Concordia Subdivision between Beloit and Yuma Junction, Kansas. The project will increase rail operating speeds from 10 to 25 miles per hour, allow the line to support 286,000 lb. railcars, and connect a critical area in northern Kansas to the national rail network.

Investments in the Southwest Kansas Infrastructure Upgrade Project will improve the Cimarron Valley Railroad in southwestern Kansas from Dodge City to Hugoton, Kansas. They will allow rail to support biodiesel operations and local agricultural product transportation, increase operating speed from 10 to 25 miles per hour, and increase rail’s weight capacity.

“Partnerships – between federal, state and local governments and the private sector – are key to the success of the IKE program. I appreciate everyone working together to secure another win for Kansas infrastructure,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz.

The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement Grant Allocation can be viewed below:

Project Location Federal Grant Amount KDOT contribution Private contribution
Kyle Rail Bridge Project Between Beloit and Uma Junction $9,367,112.50 $500,000.00 $25,000,000.00
Southwest Kansas Infrastructure Upgrade Project (Cimarron Valley Railroad) Between Dodge City and Hugoton $10,991,971.00 $500,000.00 $3,500,000.00
Total $20,359,083.50 $1,000,000.00 $28,500,000.00

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