Low Population County Capacity Building

Rural communities require substantial transportation infrastructure (roads, bridges, rail, transit, air, etc.) to connect their economic activities to larger urban markets; however, the low population density of rural areas limits the available tax revenues to maintain these networks in a state of good repair. Federal and state policies exist to fill this funding gap since “farm-to-market” networks are essential to the health of the larger economy. Unfortunately, rural communities struggle to participate in these very support programs designed to help them. The objective of this research is to systematically identify the barriers to participation in Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) transportation funding programs by jurisdictions with low populations and to propose solutions to make transportation infrastructure maintenance assistance more accessible.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $67334
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Kansas Department of Transportation

      Eisenhower State Office Building
      700 SW Harrison Street
      Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3754
    • Performing Organizations:

      Kansas State University Transportation Center

      Kansas State University
      Department of Civil Engineering
      Manhattan, KS  United States  66506
    • Principal Investigators:

      Fitzsimmons, Eric

      Newmark, Gregory

    • Start Date: 20220901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20231201
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01860654
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Kansas Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: KSU-23-5, RE-0862-01
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Oct 6 2022 2:57PM