KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — A number of projects and improvements will soon be underway in the City of Kirksville.
During a meeting Monday night, Kirksville City Council members voted unanimously to approve an agreement between the city and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to utilize a grant.
The Transportation Alternatives Program Grant will be used to construct sidewalks along Baltimore Street from New Street, to Highway 6 West.
According to council documents, in October 2018, city staffers submitted an application for an 80/20 grant for the construction of a multi-modal sidewalk along Baltimore Street from New Street, to Highway 6 West, and from Highway 6 West to Baltimore Meadows. In addition, crosswalks will be found at each intersection on Baltimore Street in the project area.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $386,917.36. The grant will provide 80 percent, or $247,627.11 and the city will provide matching funds of 20 percent, or $139,290.25.
In addition to approving that measure, council members also voted to submit an application to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Grant Program.
If that grant is approved, the funds will be used to construct a new playground at Rotary Park, ADA accessible sidewalks, park benches and trash cans.
The total project cost is currently estimated at $75,000. If awarded the grant will pay $37,500, leaving a balance of approximately $37,500 for the city to pay.
If awarded, construction work is anticipated to begin in 2020.