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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • City receives grant for Ave. A trail

  • The city of McPherson has been approved for a $302,910 grant to help pay for a new hiking and biking trail along Avenue A.
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  • The city of McPherson has been approved for a $302,910 grant to help pay for a new hiking and biking trail along Avenue A.
    The Kansas Department of Transportation selected McPherson’s trail as one of 20 projects to receive funds from the Transportation Alternatives program.
    The multi-lane concrete trail will run from Foxfire Drive to Wall Park and include passage under the railroad tracks that cross Avenue A. There will be a grass buffer between Avenue A and the trail to increase safety.
    The total cost of the project is estimated at $514,000 of which the city will be required to pay 40 percent. The city’s portion of the funds will come from a half-cent city sales tax approved in 2010 by McPherson voters.
    Design work is scheduled to begin immediately with construction tentatively set to begin in January 2016.
    The 10-foot wide, 4,800-linear-feet trail is part of the city’s comprehensive trail plan.
    This trail will connect residents in housing additions in southeast McPherson with the city’s greater trail system. It is also meant to give students a means to walk or bike from southeast McPherson to Washington Elementary School or McPherson Middle School. Two new housing additions are set to be built in southeast portion of the city, which means use of the trail will likely grow.
    Jeff Woodward, McPherson public works director, said the trail is part of an effort to encourage outdoor exercise among McPherson residents by providing a safe setting in which to do so.
    As part of the same Transportation Alternatives program, Little River also will receive $475,000 for streetscape improvements in its downtown area.

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