Salina Celebrates Milestone Agreement for Old Smoky Hill River Bridge Replacement

Salina Celebrates Milestone Agreement for Old Smoky Hill River Bridge Replacement

After years of anticipation, the City of Salina is on the brink of realizing a transformative infrastructure project with the impending signing of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) FY 2022 Rebuilt American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Agreement. The project, focused on the replacement of the Old Smoky Hill River Bridge, has garnered widespread support from both local leaders and the community.

With an estimated cost of $33,787,620, the endeavor represents a significant investment in Salina's future. The RAISE Grant awarded $22,112,620 of the amount. The consensus among stakeholders is clear: the benefits far outweigh the financial commitment. Mayor Longbine articulated the sentiment shared by many, emphasizing the importance of revitalizing the city's infrastructure to enhance safety, livability, and sustainability.

Commissioner Trent Davis, MD, emphasized the desire to leave behind a lasting legacy for future generations. The sentiment was echoed by Commissioner Jerry Ivey, who hailed the project as a defining moment for Salina.

Despite the considerable cost, public enthusiasm for the project has been palpable. The community's eagerness to see the long-awaited improvements come to fruition was evident during the City Commission's unanimous approval of the agreement, reflecting a shared commitment to advancing the city's infrastructure.

As Salina prepares to embark on this transformative journey, optimism abounds. The signing of the USDOT grant agreement marks a pivotal milestone in the city's ongoing efforts to enhance connectivity, promote sustainability, and foster a thriving community for all residents.

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