The city of Ozark has announced a large grant that will allow them to complete the first phase of the Chadwick Flyer Greenway Trail.
The grant of $870,950 from the Ozarks Transportation Organization will allow the completion of two underpasses and over 4,000 linear feet of trails for pedestrians and bicycles. The total cost of the project is $1.8 million.
“This has been a multi-year planning process and when our community partners recognized that our best opportunity to complete these improvements were to combine them with MoDot’s Jackson Street/HWY 14 widening roadway project, we worked together and made it happen,” Jeremy Parsons, Ozark Public Works Director, said in a statement.
Ozark city staff worked with the OTO and the Ozark School District on possible routes for the underpasses that will provide safe passage for students along and under the Jackson Street/Highway 14 corridor. The corridor runs from the primary school and new Innovation Center.
“Any time you can find grant funds to add bicycle and pedestrian improvements to a roadway widening project when one of our City’s goals is to become a more pedestrian friendly community, then you go after it,” Steve Childers, Ozark City Administrator, said in a statement.
The project is anticipated to begin this summer and be completed by Fall 2021.