Parsons will receive $200,000 from the Kansas Department of Transportation to resurface a portion of North 16th Street (U.S. 59).

KDOT announced the funding on Wednesday afternoon as part of the $18.5 million in projects selected statewide for the City Connecting Link Improvement Program. The program funds improvements to state highways that extend through cities. Thirty-five other projects were funded.

Parsons must match 25% of the highway funding.

Darrell Moyer, director of engineering and public works, said the money will go toward repaving North 16th Street with concrete from Clark Avenue to Chess Avenue, a three-block stretch. The city’s funds will come in fiscal year 2023, which will begin in July 2022.

Other Southeast Kansas cities receiving funding include Arma, $1 million for geometric improvement (fiscal year 2022); Columbus, $300,000 for pavement restoration (2022); Pittsburg, $300,00 for surface preservation (2022); and Coffeyville, $1 million for pavement restoration (2023).

Surface preservation projects involve maintenance work such as resurfacing and are funded up to $300,000 per project. Pavement restoration projects typically involve full-depth pavement replacement without changes to the overall geometric characteristics and may also address drainage issues. Geometric improvement projects address issues such as adding turn lanes, improving intersections or modifying lane configuration to address capacity. The pavement restoration and geometric improvement categories are funded up to $1 million per project.

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