Two projects in Magnolia have received grants from the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program.
The Town of Magnolia will receive $356,000 to build a sidewalk along South Vine Street from West Main Street to School Street. The city’s initial application for the grant last year was denied.
Southern Arkansas University will receive $59,000 for the construction of sidewalks.
Grants pay 80% of project costs, while grant recipients will provide 20%.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation awarded 56 TAP projects for approximately $15 million and $2 million for Recreational Trail Program projects.
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) has been reauthorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (IIJA) and funds programs and projects defined as “transportation alternatives” for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized modes of transport.
Under the TAP program, eligible projects may include the construction of on-road and off-road pathway facilities including sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, lighting and other infrastructure related to security. Conversion of abandoned rail corridors for walking and cycling trails is also eligible.
Other projects in southern Arkansas also received funding. By county they were:
Town of Dermott, $312,000 for downtown sidewalk improvements.
City of Arkadelphia, $259,000 for improvements to the Feaster Trail.
Clark County, $500,000 for US 67 Diagon Alley.
Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, $393,000 for sidewalks at the Washington State Historic Park.
City of Ashdown, $293,000 for Ellen Drive sidewalk.
City of Camden, $450,000 for The Trace Extension.
Sevier County, $200,000 for Lake De Queen Trail.
Smackover-Norphlet School District, $96,000 for school district sidewalk improvements.
Additionally, the Town of Monticello received $100,000 through the Recreational Trails Program for the second phase of trails around Lake Monticello.