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Governor Kelly Announces $3.5M for Innovative Technology Projects


By the Kansas Office of the Governor


TOPEKA, Kan. — Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $3.5 million will be awarded to 13 projects through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Innovative Technology Program. The program makes investments that improve safety, access, or mobility and implement new transportation technology. 

“My administration is delivering technological advancements to increase transportation safety in every corner of the state,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Through collaboration with local entities, this investment supports innovative transportation improvements in rural and urban communities.” 

All transportation system projects are eligible for Innovative Technology funding. Examples of projects selected for technology upgrades in this round include aviation and rail upgrades, traffic engineering and school zone enhancements, and truck simulators for CDL (commercial driver’s license) program expansion. 

State funding for the 13 projects will be enhanced by a minimum 25% local match from each recipient, resulting in a total innovative technology investment of more than $5.3 million. The program is part of the Kelly administration’s bipartisan 10-year, $10 billion Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, also known as IKE.

“New and emerging technologies offer the potential for a safer, more efficient transportation system,” said Transportation Secretary Calvin Reed. “This latest round of Innovative Technology projects demonstrates how Kansas communities are proactively turning to technology to improve operations for now and the future.” 

Projects selected through the Innovative Technology program for FY 2024 include: 

KDOT – Awarded Innovative Technology Projects

Project Name

Applicant Organization


KDOT funds

Advanced UAS Flight Operations and Simulation Center

Kansas State University – Salina



Rail Freight Bulk Scale




Clean-Agent Fire Suppression System

Salina Regional Airport



Truck Simulators for CDL Program Expansion

Seward County Community College



Safety View Software Application

City of Overland Park



Traffic Signal Battery Back-Ups

City of Great Bend



El Dorado Street Condition Assessment with AI

City of El Dorado



Replace School Crossing Lights and Signage

City of Rossville



Noninvasive Barrier Repair Lightweight System

Kansas State University



Jet Plain Road Runner Road Grader Trailer

Greeley County



Digital Speed Sign

City of Olsburg



Radar Speed Sign

City of Valley Falls



School Zone Sign Enhancement

Pottawatomie County



Total:   $3,511,937