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Newton logistics park lands $2.3 million in KDOT funding

The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded more than $2.3 million in economic development funds for infrastructure improvements at the Kansas Logistics Park in Newton.

The grant package includes $1,179,000 for road improvements at the logistics park, $545,000 for rail improvements to serve the new Tindall Corp. facility, and $591,000 for rail to serve the New Millennium Wind Energy facility. KDOT also made available $788,000 in loan opportunities for rail improvements.

The funding comes from the new T-Works program created in 2010 to fund transportation infrastructure.

"It is gratifying to know that those on the state level view Newton and Harvey County as partners in growing the Kansas economy," Newton Mayor Ken Hall said in a news release. "This project is the result of a shared vision and willingness to make proactive investments for our future."

Deb Miller, the state's transportation secretary, said in a statement that the project "provides a significant economic impact, makes a long-term investment in an emerging industry for the state, enjoys strong community support, and builds on enhancements the Kansas Department of Transportation currently has under way."

It's the second major state infrastructure project serving the Kansas Logistics Park. The I-135 and 36th Street interchange, designed to serve the park's traffic, was included in the T-Works program in June. The $14 million project will be built sometime after 2014.

Work began in June on street improvements at the park, which were funded in part by a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Association.

Work continues on buildings for two industries that have chosen the park -- New Millenium, with groundbreaking in early 2012, and Tindall, with site development beginning next summer.

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