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City seeks grant to help fund overpass on Patrick Street

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The City of Jonesboro received approval to try and create an overpass on Patrick Street Tuesday night.

The city council approved a resolution Tuesday allowing Mayor Harold Perrin to submit an application for a 2016 TIGER Discretionary Grant.

According to the Department of Transportation, the federal grant funds "capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure."

The grants are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that have a significant impact on a nation, metropolitan area or region.

The city is proposing to build an overpass to connect North and South Patrick Street.

The goal is to reduce congestion on Main and Union Streets, as well as convert nearby Bridge Street into a pedestrian and bicycle route.

Additionally, the Fisher Street railroad crossing would close.

In total, the project is expected to cost more than $15.6 million.

According to the resolution approved Tuesday night, the TIGER Discretionary Grant will provide up to 80% of Federal aid in the overall construction of the project.

The grant does require at least a 20% local match.

The project was initially one of 20 the city wanted to fund through a one-cent sales tax increase.

The initiative failed in a special election in November.

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