The Walton and Jean streets sidewalk project was not approved by East-West Gateway Council of Governments.
City Administrator Travis Dierker made the announcement during Monday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. The city applied for a transportation alternatives program grant (TAP) in April in the amount of $280,000.
The project would consist of adding sidewalks on Walton and Jean streets connecting them to Highway 30.
Dierker spoke to The Missourian Thursday and said East-West Gateway ranks the grant applications they receive and the Walton and Jean project was toward the bottom of the list.
“They only have so much money to give,” Dierker said. “When they run out of money, anybody else basically doesn’t get funded.”
Total cost of the project would have been $349,000. Federal funds would have pay for $289,000, with a local share of $70,000. The city also would have paid engineering and inspection costs. The grant would have required the city to pay for 20 percent of the project cost.
Dierker said the city will possibly apply for the grant again next year and make changes in the grant application.
East-West Gateway is the metropolitan planning organization for the St. Louis region, which includes Franklin County. TAP is a combination of older programs, with the main one being the Safe to Schools Route program, which focuses on installing sidewalks and bike routes to the city’s schools.
Bardot Street Project
The Bardot Street project is well underway. In May, the city was approved to receive $400,000 in federal funds from East-West Gateway to pay for the project.
The project consists of widening the street to make way for a center turn lane that will extend from Highway 30 south through the Edgar Murray Elementary entrance, as well as 6- to 8-foot-wide sidewalks and street lighting.
In June, the city hired West Contracting to do the work in the amount of $650,104. The city and the St. Clair R-XIII School District have entered into a cost-sharing agreement where they will split the remaining $150,000 balance.
The project is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 21.