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U.S. Department of Transportation Awards Springfield a Nearly $21 Million Grant

Washington, November 6, 2019

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Billy Long announced today that the United States Department of Transportation has awarded the city of Springfield a grant totaling $20,960,822.

“This nearly $21 million grant for Springfield’s Grant Avenue Parkway Project will bolster economic growth and tourism in downtown Springfield by providing the means to create a more convenient way for pedestrians and cyclists to travel around the downtown area.” said Rep. Long,

 “The City of Springfield is so excited about this transformational news. This grant will help the City take a giant step forward in carrying out the City Council priorities of Economic Vitality and Quality of Place. We are extremely grateful for the superb congressional support, which has made this grant a reality,” said Mayor Ken McClure.

The Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant will support reconstructing roughly 3.3 miles of a multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path beginning on Grant Avenue in Downtown Springfield and ending at Sunshine Street. The project will include advisory bike lanes, a roundabout, two raised intersections, three protected intersections, and a grade-separated crossing at Fassnight Creek among additional enhancements.