Improving Safety and Access to Generate Economic Development along the Missouri Business Route 13 Corridor
The Maguire Street Gateway Project has been in the making for over a decade. With the award of a 2010 TIGER II/HUD Community Challenge planning grant, Warrensburg took its first steps towards transforming the Maguire Street corridor into a visually pleasing gateway that will improve the quality of life and safety for residents and visitors through modern, sustainable infrastructure. The recommendations made in the final Maguire Street Corridor Plan were bold and ambitious.
Steady, incremental investments have improved the corridor over the last few years. However, the community recognizes it will take a very long time to realize the vision laid out in the Maguire Street Corridor Plan with the existing funds available to invest in the corridor. In April 2021, Warrensburg voters demonstrated their commitment to the vision for the Maguire Street corridor with a 79% approval rating of a $17 million general obligation bond initiative for street improvements.
The Rebuilding America's Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program will allow the community to not only repair and rebuild failing infrastructure, but it will also allow the City to address safety, environmental, and socioeconomic concerns that will improve the overall quality of life for its residents and visitors. The project elements included in this application will revitalize a crucial Midwestern transportation resource in the heart of Missouri. The City is asking for $23.5 million in federal funding to match its $10.42 million of local funds.
The City is excited for this opportunity and eager to begin work on this gateway project to secure the future of the Maguire Street corridor and the Warrensburg community.