Oct 11, 2021 4:10 PM

Woodie Seat grant decision next month

Posted Oct 11, 2021 4:10 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The effort to get federal matching funds to help with the problems on the Woodie Seat Freeway likely won't have a resolution until next month.

Hutchinson City Engineer Jeff Peterson told Hutch Post Monday that by statute, the federal grant program that the city has applied for to construct roundabouts in place of bridges at the end of the Woodie Seat Freeway and to get rid of the bridge at Avenue B and close the road will have its award by November 22, but that they typically tell the awardees about a week ahead of that deadline.

Brock Wells, city council candidate for the SW district in the November 2 election, spoke against the closure of B Street when the city chose to apply for the grant back in April.

Retiring City Councilman Jon Daveline made clear at the time of application that the reason for going with roundabouts instead of bridges was in an effort to save local taxpayers money, because if the city had to go it alone, the bridge replacements would likely cost at least $7 million, but the city's portion of the federal matching funds on the proposed roundabout project would be about $160,000 a year for 20 years, or about $3.2 million.