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Grant will help with Falls City road work

FALLS CITY -- The city of Falls City will receive a $50,000 grant for overdue maintenance at the intersection of Bridge and South Main streets.

December 31, 2012

FALLS CITY -- The city of Falls City will receive a $50,000 grant for overdue maintenance at the intersection of Bridge and South Main streets.

The grant is provided through the Oregon Department of Transportation's Small City Allotment program. The city's request for the grant was approved in December.

City Administrator Amber Mathiesen said funds will be put to good use at the intersection.

"It's been on the to-do list for far too long," she said. "The road condition is pretty bad and there is some drainage maintenance needed as well."

Grant funds will pay for just the asphalt overlay portion of the project, which will include about 550 feet of roadway in and near the intersection. The drainage work will be paid for out of the city's maintenance budget.

However, Mathiesen said the grant allows the city to have both projects done at the same time.

"We get a little more bang for our buck," she said.

The competitive grant program offers a maximum $50,000 to cities based on financial need and the necessity of the work for which the funding is being requested. The city applied in July and received notice in mid-December that its project qualified.

"It's actually a highly competitive grant," Mathiesen said. "We are very fortunate to be able to receive this."

Mathiesen said the city and ODOT still need to approve a working agreement before the grant is awarded and the project likely won't begin until spring or summer.