Jackson seeks $15M federal grant to improve State Street, Capitol Street, Medgar Evers Blvd.

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Jackson is seeking a $15 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve portions of State Street, Capitol Street and Medgar Evers Boulevard.

Robert Lee, the city's construction and engineering manager, tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1HTMDYl) a decision on the application should be known this fall.

Lee said if the state receives the grant money, it would be used to improve State Street from Fondren to Sheppard Road and to upgrade Capitol Street and Medgar Evers Boulevard. The improvements would include water and sewer upgrades as well as making the streets more cycling friendly. Sidewalks would also be upgraded.

The grant requires a minimum local match of 20 percent, which would be $3 million if the city is successful in obtaining $15 million.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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