New Sidewalks for Russellville

That makes them a good example as the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) seeks more applicants to that grant program and also for the federal transportation enhancement funds.

Kenny Voss, a MoDOT local programs administrator, recently spoke to the Cole County Communities group, facilitated by the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.

MoDOT’s central district has been given $3.1 million during the 2012-2013 fiscal year to award matching grants for transportation enhancement projects.

Eligible applications from municipalities would include sidewalks, connecting trails, or bicycle/pedestrian paths. The money may not be used for the traditional bridge and road projects, Voss said.

Applications may be made online and are due by Nov. 5.

The Safe Routes to School is a statewide concept with $4.5 million available this year funded through the federal recovery act to improve student access to kindergarten through eighth-grade schools.

The funding does not require a match this year and covers up to $250,000 per project.

Russellville’s project, once easements are secured, will lay thousands of feet of sidewalks along three major streets plus lighting and a flashing-light crosswalk at Rt. C.

The crosswalk also will enhance the walking trail built a few years ago with a Department of Conservation grant connecting the downtown to the high school.

Even private and parochial schools are eligible, though a city or county entity must participate in the application, Voss said.

On the web: www.modot.org

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