SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a new type of grant called “BUILD” that allows cities to apply for money that could be used for transportation development.
The grant is competitive, but the City of Springfield has officially applied for the money.
City leaders are asking for nearly 25 million dollars, with a 20% match from Springfield, to build a corridor that connects Bass Pro’s Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium all the way to downtown Springfield.
The proposed plan has been dubbed the “Grant Avenue Parkway Trail Connection Project.
KOLR10 spoke to Cora Scott, Director of Public Information, who says the proposed trail would connect to a couple of Greenway Trails in an effort to make a path that would connect through neighborhoods off of city streets between Sunshine Street to Commercial Street.
Scott says getting the money is somewhat of a long shot, but with the increase of tourism from the Wildlife Museum and Aquarium the city is hoping that momentum will push federal officials to award Springfield the money.
The project also hopes to alleviate traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety.