The City of Excelsior Springs received a major funding boost toward infrastructure improvements on its west side.
Excelsior recently learned it will receive a $21.5-milllion American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant, an historically high amount thanks to efforts by Congressman Sam Graves and numerous elected officials.
The RAISE Discretionary Grant targets Department of Transportation investments in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. In a release from Congressman Graves’ office, the congressman said, “I’m thrilled to see this project receive funding. These improvements are going to greatly enhance safety, both motorists and students walking and biking to school in Excelsior Springs. Congratulations to all who put in the effort to get this grant. I know this project has been a long time coming and can’t wait to see these improvements completed.”
Before applying for the grant, Excelsior Springs sought extensive feedback from the public on what improvements were needed. This project is meant to increase safety and connectivity in Excelsior Springs through improvements of current roadways, added sidewalks and trails, and creation of a pedestrian bridge of the U.S. Highway 69. The work will also improve stormwater management and area streetscapes.
City Manager Molly McGovern and Development Director Melinda Mehaffy said the five-year research targeted a growing area much in need of infrastructure improvements. The city worked with the Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce’s West Side Business Committee to identify improvements needed to connect the west side business districts with the other areas of the community. The work will be designed to improve non-motorized travel in the area while increasing shoppers and other visitors.