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Albert Rukwaro
Special to The Gardner News
During the March 18 meeting, the Gardner City Council gave unanimous consent to the city’s public works department to apply for state funds to improve Main Street as part of a program recently announced by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Michael Kramer, public works director, told the council that in February 2019, KDOT announced a new City Connecting Link Improvement Program (CCLIP) which is defined as any routing of the state highway system that is located within the corporate limits of a city.
“US-56/Main Street through Gardner is a City Connecting Link and is eligible for funding,” he said.
Kramer said that the funding levels are currently unknown but that the program includes funding for pavement restoration.
“This is a new funding category and is intended to address deficiencies in the road surface that are too extensive or expensive to be addressed by the measures under the surface preservation category,” he said.
He said that under the new program, improvements could include full-depth pavement replacement of the entire driving surface or extensive pavement rehabilitation.
He said the funding levels could be up to one million dollars per year with a minimum matching funds based on population.
For Gardner, with a population of less than 25,000, the minimum required match is 10 percent of the cost.
“However, additional matching funds increase the likelihood of the project being selected for funding,” he said.