HANNIBAL - The City of Mexico will receive $149,300 in federal transportation enhancement funds for the South Morris Street and Monroe Street sidewalk improvement project. This project is one of six funded through the federal enhancement program that provided a little over $1.4 million in dedicated funds to MoDOT's Northeast District. Projects including the construction of sidewalks, trails and bike lanes, streetscaping, ADA improvement to existing sidewalks and other local projects that enhance transportation compete for these funds through an application process.
The project will provide ADA compliant sidewalks along the east side of South Morris Street from Liberty to Monroe Street, and along the south side of Monroe Street from South Morris Street east to an existing dead end sidewalk.
"These improvements will provide safe pedestrian access along these residential neighborhoods, and industrial and commercial areas within the City of Mexico," said Ron Watts, MoDOT design liaison. "The transportation enhancement program has made many improvements possible that wouldn't have otherwise been funded," added Watts. The City of Mexico will be sharing in a percentage of the project cost.
MoDOT allocates transportation enhancement funds to each area of the state based on population. In northeast Missouri, MoDOT facilitates the application and selection process. A member from each local regional planning commission and three at large individuals with interests in transportation selects which projects will get funding. The money is provided under federal transportation law requiring ten percent of federal Surface Transportation Program funds are used for local transportation enhancement projects.
For more information about enhancement projects and other transportation issues, please contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center during normal business hours at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636) or visit our website at www.modot.org/northeast.