City officials are reviewing possible roadway improvement projects to submit for a Surface Transportation Project (STP) grant through the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.
City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann recently presented the personnel, finance and public works committee with a boundary map of roads eligible for improvements.
Zimmermann highlighted new designated roadways in the city, including Old Highway 50, a portion of Prairie Dell between Highway 50 and Old Highway 50, a portion of Linden, and Porterford Road.
The biggest possible project would be improvements on Porterford Road to North Bend, which could include sidewalks, signage to warn drivers of the intersection of South Oak and Porterford, and street lighting for vehicles and pedestrians who use the road.
Zimmermann said he usually recommends the project for which the largest population would be served.
“The biggest benefit would be the Porterford and South Oak Project, if (the city) wanted to apply,” he said.
Zimmermann noted that the Denmark Road bridge, which is being replaced, is the last of the bridges that needed replacement in the city.
“The remainder of our bridges are in pretty good condition,” he said.
Projects require a 20 percent funding match. Funding would be for the 2022-23 budget year.
Further discussion will be held at the upcoming parks, building, development and public service committee meeting scheduled for Feb. 20.
Applications will be accepted beginning in March.
Zimmermann outlined current STP projects scheduled and their time lines. The second phase of Denmark Road is underway and expected to be complete in June.
Springfield Road improvements are expected to begin in March and run through August 2018.
The Christina Street bridge will be replaced beginning in March 2019.
The Memorial Parkway bridge will be replaced beginning in March 2020. A bridge over Birch Creek will be constructed in 2021.