CR1 funds in Senate proposal
The federal government could kick in half a million dollars toward construction of a Leavenworth County road that would accommodate a proposed turnpike interchange.
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., announced Thursday that $500,000 has been earmarked in the 2008 budget to help fund the controversial Leavenworth County Road 1 renovation project - six miles of road from just south of Tonganoxie to Kansas Highway 32. The project carries an estimated $12.9 million price tag.
Leavenworth County Commissioner Dean Oroke said he had hoped for more money but was still pleased by the potential contribution.
"You know, we would have liked to have a million, but $500,000 is $500,000, so whatever we get is that much less that we, as the county, will have to put into the project," Oroke said.
Oroke and other Leaven-worth County officials met with federal lawmakers from Missouri and Kansas in February to discuss funding.
Roberts, who has pushed for the funding, was encouraged the Senate Appropriations Committee included the funds.
"I am pleased the Senate has recognized this important regional economic development project to enhance the safety and accessibility of the Leavenworth and Tonganoxie areas," Roberts said.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority also has pledged $2 million to the project. The city of Tonganoxie, meanwhile, has offered $100,000 annually for 10 years.