City of West Plains Applies for Governor Cost-Share Funding on OMC Roadway Improvements
To help with traffic flow around the $70 million Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) expansion project, the City of West Plains has applied for two segments of the $4 million needed through the Missouri Governor’s Cost-Share Program.
The application, submitted on October 1, is requesting $2.4 million of the $4 million total. The proposed roadway improvements includes a break in access connecting Highway 63 to West Fifth Street and an Eighth Street connector to extend Tio Street to West Eighth Street.
With the closure of Kentucky Avenue, there is a recommendation for a north-south corridor through the Medical District, as well as additional safety features along the adjacent city streets. Plans also call for a signalized intersection at US Highway 63 and a city street connector into OMC.
The City worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the South Central Ozarks Council of Governments on the grant application. The award announcements are expected in December.
The Ozarks Medical Center expansion project falls in line with the stated purpose of the Governor’s Transportation Cost-Share Program, which is to build partnerships with local communities to pool efforts and resources to deliver road and bridge projects across the state.
“OMC is a very important part of our community, and the City is doing everything we can to make the roadway improvements on time and on budget,” said City Administrator Tom Stehn.