Trumann applies for grant to build bike paths

Monday, November 14, 2011

Trumann mayor Shelia Walters went to an East Arkansas Planning and Development meeting Friday, Oct. 28, in Jonesboro to discuss a grant that could impact the city.

Craighead County, Poinsett County and possibly a few other surrounding counties will apply for a grant that will allow for $20 million in restoration projects in the area.

Walters sought permission from the city council and applied for one of the grants offered that could potentially give Trumann over $1.77 million.

The money would be used for the partial or complete renovation of about 30 streets. Some of the streets will be widened to 24 feet, instead of their current 20 feet, to provide bike paths. The streets also will be restriped.

The grant is part of the Roads to Education program that helps add bike paths to educational facilities.

The widened streets will lead to both the Trumann Intermediate School and the Adult Educational building in Trumann.

"There are a lot of people in this area who walk, jog and bike, so this grant would be very helpful," Walters said.

Walters has already spoken with an engineer about the improvements. The city council passed an ordinance in January to allow the construction of bike paths in Trumann.

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