AHC approves several Region 8 communities for federal-aid projects

AHC approves several Region 8 communities for federal-aid projects
(Source: Raycom Media)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas State Highway Commission Friday approved more than $20 million in funding for local federal-aid projects, including many in Region 8.

The money will be divided among applicants for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS), and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) projects.

TAP funding is used to construct sidewalks and trails for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of transportation, according to a news release from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD).

This year AHTD received 93 applications requesting more than $21 million. The commission selected 71 projects to receive nearly $16 million.

In Craighead County, the following communities were among those approved for funding:

  • Bono—College Street Project—$375,410
  • Brookland—North Oak Street Sidewalks--$101,660
  • Jonesboro—Craighead Forest Trailway Phase 2 Construction--$302,036
  • Jonesboro—Race Street Sidewalks and Union Pacific Railroad Pedestrian Accessibility—$72,678

The SRTS Program encourages children to safely walk and bicycle to school. These projects can include construction of infrastructure to improve safety in the vicinity of schools and public awareness campaigns.

The AHTD received 39 applications requesting more than $6 million. Eight projects were selected to receive $1.2 million. None of those receiving funding were located in Region 8.

The RTP funds construction or maintenance of recreational trails or trail facilities. Of 49 applicants requesting $9 million, the commission selected 8 projects to receive $3.2 million.

The city of Jonesboro received $79,996 for the Greenway Pedestrian Bridge at Turtle Creek Mall.

The AHTD said it will "work with the successful applicants to develop their projects and see them through to completion."

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