City of Kirksville Receives Funds For Franklin Streetscape Project

City of Kirksville Receives Funds
Franklin Streetscape Project
HANNIBAL – The City of Kirksville will receive $415,000 in federal transportation enhancement funds for the Franklin Streetscape project. This project is one of six funded through the federal enhancement program that provided a little over $1.4 million in dedicated funds to MoDOT’s Northeast District. Projects including the construction of sidewalks, trails and bike lanes, streetscaping, ADA improvement to existing sidewalks and other local projects that enhance transportation compete for these funds through an application process.

The Franklin Streetscape Project involves the installation of decorative street lighting, ADA compliant sidewalks and median landscaping from Normal Avenue to Patterson Street through the Truman State University’s Campus. Bike lanes will be added to the existing hike/bike paths to the south from Patterson to Shepherd and north from Normal to Jefferson to further connect A. T. Still University, Truman State University and the Downtown Business District.

“These improvements will connect the bike paths on each side of the Truman campus, and make for a safer environment for students, faculty and visitors to downtown Kirksville as well as the two universities,” said Ron Watts, MoDOT design liaison. “The transportation enhancement program has made many improvements possible that wouldn’t have otherwise been funded,” added Watts.  The City of Kirksville will be sharing in a percentage of the project cost.

MoDOT allocates transportation enhancement funds to each area of the state based on population. In northeast Missouri, MoDOT facilitates the application and selection process. A member from each local regional planning commission and three at large individuals with interests in transportation selects which projects will get funding. The money is provided under federal transportation law requiring ten percent of federal Surface Transportation Program funds are used for local transportation enhancement projects.

For more information about enhancement projects and other transportation issues, please contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center during normal business hours at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636) or visit our website at www.modot.org/northeast.

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