Peabody receive funds for improvements to 4th street

PEABODY– Governor Laura Kelly congratulated the City of Peabody for receiving $314,625 in Cost Share funds as administered through the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). This project will improve 4th Street from Locust Street to Peabody Street.

“Congratulations to the City of Peabody for receiving $314,625 in the latest round of Cost Share funding,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “By working with our local partners to invest in our communities, our Cost Share program is improving road safety, mobility, and helping recruit new families and businesses to our state. This project is proof that when we work together to make smart investments in our foundation, all Kansans see results.”

A component of the Kelly Administration’s 10-year, bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, or IKE, the Cost Share program is designed to help rural and urban areas advance transportation projects to improve safety, support job retention and growth, relieve congestion, and improve access and mobility. The City of Peabody was among 20 transportation construction projects selected for the Fall 2021 Cost Share recipients.

“We were in awe when learning our community’s project was selected for this round of Cost Share funding,”said Jylle Wilson, Peabody City Clerk. “It is quite possible we would have had to wait another two or three years to be able to complete the project without the assistance of the Cost Share program.”

Wilson said the repairs will improve access to the Peabody Food Bank and two long-term care facilities. She said residents of those facilities “will be able to experience much more comfortable transportation every day.”

The City of Peabody will contribute 25% of the project’s $419,500 estimated total cost.

The project will repair and improve 4th Street from Locust Street to Peabody Street, a three-block section of street located on the west edge of the city. Work will consist of removing all existing pavement and base, reestablish ditches, replace with cement treated base and six-inch concrete pavement, and seeding.

Demand is high for Cost Share transportation dollars. Michelle Needham, Economic Development Programs Manager for KDOT, said 84 communities requested more than $54.5 million in funding for this, the fifth round of the Cost Share program.

“KDOT was impressed with how this round of Cost Share projects hit markers for economic development, safety and community support,” said Needham. “KDOT and our Cost Share partners are working collaboratively to expedite delivery on selected projects.”

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