Hillsboro, Marion are stimulus winners

Hillsboro and Marion street projects both came out winners in the federal government?s stimulus-funding lottery.

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced Monday the two projects were among 12 approved for KDOT?s North Central District. The value of all 12 projects was $4.3 million.

Hillsboro will receive $412,900 in federal funding toward a combination reconstruction and overlay project along North Ash Street.

Marion will receive $189,000 to resurface Cedar Street from Kellison Avenue to U.S. Highway 56.

As part of their applications, both cities agreed to cost-share their respective projects.

The city of Hillsboro will pitch in $81,000, which will enable the city to extend the overlay part of the project east from Ash along Third Street toward Main Street.

By guideline, federal funding is restricted to Ash Street, which is qualified to receive federal assistance.

Marion will chip in $21,000 as a straight 10-percent match for the $210,000 project.

For the entire state, 77 projects totaling $34.7 million were selected to receive federal stimulus funding for road and bridge improvements.

Statewide, Kansas received $348 million for highway and bridge projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with $38 million directed to the Kansas City and Wichita metro areas by federal formula.

KDOT then sought applications from local units of government to share more than $34 million for city and county projects.

Paine said Hillsboro?s project begins from the south line of First Street north to 150 feet north of the Ash-Third intersection.

?What we?re intending to do is to remove the concrete from that south line of First Street north to about Second, which goes past all of the Co-op property,? Paine said.

?The balance will be edge milling so we can get curb and gutter line up, and then I think we have some curb and gutter in there. Then it would be an asphalt overlay for the rest of the project.?

Paine said it was too early to know when the project would commence.

?We?ve had 90 percent plans on (the project) from right before I got here,? he said. ?We?ve got to wrap those up.

?I haven?t heard any of the bidding criteria that is coming out of KDOT yet. We?re far enough along that they said, yes, it?s a go.

?I?m ecstatic.?

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