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ERIE — The city of Erie received a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation to rebuild much of Fourth Street.

Gov. Laura Kelly’s office announced the grant last week as part of more than $6 million in local transportation and technology projects funded statewide.

City Clerk Cindy Lero said Thursday the city will receive $643,000 from the state for construction costs on the Fourth Street project. The city will pay $210,725 toward the project using the revenue from a special highway tax and a half-cent sales tax. Neosho County will pitch in $150,725 in addition to 3 tons of rock with a market value of $60,000.

Lero said Fourth Street will be rebuilt from the base up from Main Street to East Street. Asphalt will be laid on much of the street, but concrete will be poured by the county’s road and bridge shop to accommodate the heavy trucks going in and out. The county’s shop location in Erie is one reason why the county commissioners agreed to participate in the project, Lero said.

The project, which is slated for state fiscal year 2022, also will include new storm drains, curbs and gutters.

Erie was one of the fall recipients of KDOT’s Cost Share Program. More than $4.9 million will support 14 transportation construction projects funded through state and local partnerships that improve safety, support job retention and grown, improve access or mobility and relieve congestion. The grants are part of the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, known as “IKE,” the 10-year transportation program approved by the 2020 Kansas Legislature.

The other grants announced last week were part of KDOT’s Innovative Technology program.

“My administration is committed to supporting the kinds of programs and partnerships that allow us to take care of today’s needs while anticipating tomorrow’s opportunities for growth — the 10-year, bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program is testament to that,” Kelly said in a prepared statement. “Through these programs, we will continue to strengthen our state’s infrastructure, promote economic development, and improve access to new and evolving transportation technology. ”

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