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Transportation Alternative Grant awarded to City of Girard

The City of Girard has been awarded a Transportation Alternative Grant to fund a new street scape project in the downtown square area. The total project cost was estimated at $1,540,000, of which $1,232,000 will be funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation’s TA Program.

This project will include new sidewalks, street lights, curb and guttering, as well as trash receptacles and benches.

The city’s projected investment is approximately $400,000.

“Its a significant investment from the city of Girard,” said Larry Dillon, Girard City Administrator. “The street scape is the first part of the project and we are hoping the property owners will make investments as well.”

KDOT selected 20 projects for its inclusion in its Transportation Alternative program. Forty-three applications were submitted for consideration totally more than $22.5 million. Total cost for the 20 selected projects is $11.5 million.

“This is a great opportunity to revitalize downtown Girard with federal funds distributed through KDOT,” said Julie Smith, Girard Area Chamber of Commerce. “This project will benefit our community for years to come.”

Prior to submitting the grant application, the city hosted three public meetings to seek community input in the initial design. The city and chamber will work to bring business and building owners in the downtown area together for additional input as this project moves forward.

For more information contact Larry Dillon, Girard City Administrator (620)724-8918