WICHITA FALLS, TX - Hike, bike, and pedestrian improvement projects are moving forward in Wichita Falls.
Tuesday, city councilors approved a resolution requesting funds from the 4B Sales Tax Corporation Board for $415,085 for two projects. The funds would be a 20-percent match to federal grants already approved.
One project is the Kemp Street Pedestrian Improvement Project. It will consist of a sidewalk and handicap ramps along the east side of Kemp from Midwestern Parkway to Southwest Parkway.
The estimated cost of the project is $651,215, about $515,193 will be funded by the grant and $136,022 will be requested from the 4B board
"I'm not sure why there's not a sidewalk there, but it's time to put one in," said Lin Barnett MPO Director for Wichita Falls. "A lot of our airmen from Sheppard Air Force Base, when they get off the transit bus there at Sikes Senter they walk to a lot of destinations that's their main mode of transportation is through walking or biking."
The second project will be another addition to the circle trail. It will be an extension of the hike and bike trail from the Wichita Bluffs to Loop 11.
That project is estimated at $1.7 million. City officials said $1.3 will be funded through the grant. The city will pay $360,063 than $81,000 will be used from a special park revenue funds. Then the remaining $279,063 will be requested from the 4B board.