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coldspringcitySpecial to the News-Times

On March 31, the city of Coldspring was invited to submit three detailed applications to The Texas Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Set-aside Program, which grants funds for locally sponsored bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects.

The projects are being designed to create more accessible conduits for pedestrian movement throughout the community, to enhance connectivity, and to promote alternative transportation for non-motorized travelers.

The proposed projects will provide nonmotorized transportation opportunities and accessibility throughout the community, creating a pedestrian network that connects the junior high school, high school, public library, City Hall, and numerous local businesses with the historic downtown area.

“We’re excited about it,” Mayor John Benestante said. “This project will revitalize the community by providing much-needed sidewalks, increasing mobility and accessibility, and helping to connect the city for everyone and most importantly provide safety for our school kids walking to and from school and those in the community who walk these areas as well.”

The community’s support will play an integral part in the success of this project, so Coldspring will hold an open house at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the week of May 8.

Resident are invited to view maps of the proposed plans and provide input, with an aim of crafting a project that responds to the challenges of residents and reflects community priorities.

“We’re asking our community to come out and support the City’s efforts,” Benestante said. “We want to know how they want the city to develop and where they want to see the improvements.”

TxDOT announced a statewide Call for Projects for TA Program funding in November 2022. The TA program provides funding to plan for and construct a variety of alternative transportation projects that improve safety and mobility for non-motorized travelers and mitigate congestion by providing safe alternatives to motor transport.

The department will select projects for recommendation to the Texas Transportation Commission for current TA funds under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, totaling approximately $250 million (from both the available FY 2022-FY2023 and anticipated FY 2024-FY 2025 federal appropriations).

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