“The main benefit of this project is to give people a safe place to walk along an increasingly busy roadway.”
Pedestrians in Warrenton will find their paths in the city easier to navigate thanks to an upcoming construction project.
Funding that totals slightly more than $1 million will be devoted to new sidewalks for Warrenton.
City Director of Operations Jon Struckhoff said the project will begin at the west entrance to Market Street Plaza and end at the west entrance to the Warrenton Shoppes. He said the new work will connect with existing city sidewalks.
Struckhoff said the project should go out for bid sometime in the next couple months. A construction timeline will then be determined, he added.
In 2021, the city of Warrenton was awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program grant of more than $314,000 for Phase One and Phase Two of the sidewalk project. The city’s match was for nearly $232,000.
This year, the city applied for and received an additional TAP grant, with over $334,000 going toward the project’s Phase Three. Warrenton’s match for that portion exceeds $196,000.
Officials say growth in Warrenton justifies the need for new sidewalks.
“The main benefit of this project is to give people a safe place to walk along an increasingly busy roadway,” Struckhoff said. “The sidewalks will provide safe pedestrian access to current and future businesses along that corridor.”
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the TAP grants are federally funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The program emphasizes non-motorized transportation projects, including pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
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