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Joplin city officials seek $27 million TIGER grant to fund road improvement projects

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI - Tonight the Joplin City Council will vote on a resolution to apply for a $27 million TIGER grant to fund various improvement projects across the city.

The TIGER grant program provides an opportunity to apply federal funds to road and transit projects.

City officials have outlined four proposed projects.

The projects include widening Connecticut Avenue between 32nd Street and 44th Street, widening/resurfacing on 44th Street, widening/resurfacing of Zora Street between Range Line Road and Route 249, and construction of an overpass over the Kansas City Southern Railway at 32nd Street.

Officials say the grant is a way to leverage local funds.

"By using these federal monies for these projects in lieu of using so much of our local capital sales tax money, we'll be able to make those monies go to other projects, thus getting additional work done throughout the community," said Nick Heatherly, public works director for the City of Joplin.

The city previously received TIGER grant funding in 2012, which has helped to fund recent projects such as the widening of Maiden Lane and the upcoming construction of an overpass on 20th Street.
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