WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation – today announced a $6,506,686 BUILD Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Ellis County for continued progress on the Northwest Business Corridor.
“I am pleased to announce that I have helped secure a BUILD grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that will provide new resources to improve the Northwest Business Corridor,” said Sen. Moran. “Congratulations to county officials and those across Ellis County for their commitment and dedication to the project. The resources provided in this grant will allow for increased economic development in the region and help existing businesses expand through improved infrastructure that has the capacity for more freight. I look forward to continuing to work in close partnership with officials in Ellis County to see the corridor project through completion for the future of the community and all of Northwest Kansas.”
The current roadway that is the Northwest Business Corridor was not designed for the volume or type of traffic driven by recent private-sector investment, and improvements along the corridor will help promote economic activity now and long into the future. Additionally, it will improve safety for travelers who take the corridor and increase access to businesses along the route. The project would also complement the City of Hay’s North Vine Street project, wich was approved in last year’s BUILD Grant cycle, by providing an alternate route for large loads that cannot safely pass under the I-70 bridge over Route 183. As the amount of heavy freight being transported continues to increase, the Northwest Business Corridor is necessary so large trucks and oversized loads will be able to avoid driving through Hays and can bypass traffic.
Item to note:
- In August 2019, Sen. Moran visited the Northwest Business Corridor and heard directly from local officials and community leaders on the importance of the project.
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