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KDOT to donate potential earnings to scholarships for Kansas students

TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) – If you win the 2021 People Choice Award for the Turner Diagonal Project, the Kansas Department of Transportation will donate its proceeds to send Kansas students interested in the field of transportation to school.

Following national recognition for the Turner Diagonal project, the Kansas Department of Transportation says the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials named the project as one of 12 finalists in the 2021 U.S. Transportation Awards competition. The project will now compete for the People’s Choice award and the opportunity to donate $ 10,000 to a Kansas charity.

If it wins the award, KDOT said it will partner with the Kansas Board of Regents to award scholarships to students interested in the field of transportation.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to recognize a project that exemplifies partnerships and problem solving,” said Julie Lorenz, Kansas Secretary of Transportation. “When we win, I can’t think of a better investment than in the Kansas students who will build the projects of the future. Let’s win this for Kansas. “

Dr. Blake Flanders, Executive Director of the Kansas Board of Regents, said the Board appreciates the opportunity to partner with the Department to bring the award home.

“Kansas colleges and universities are in a unique position to partner with the transportation sector to provide a talented workforce and grow the economy,” said Dr. Flanders. “I am excited that KDOT plans to use this award to help Kansans pursue their educational goals. These scholarships will help students build great careers and help our state grow. “

KDOT said it took advantage of a $ 13.5 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration to rebuild the Turner Diagonal crossing over I-70. The project opened up development, increased job opportunities, reduced maintenance costs, reduced congestion, and finished ahead of schedule.

KDOT encourages Kansans to vote for the Turner Diagonal Project HERE. Voting is open until October 25.

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