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Searcy Gets $4.2M Grant for Little Red Greenway Project

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Searcy on Wednesday announced that it has received a $4.2 million federal grant to fund the planning and design phase of the Little Red Greenway, a project aimed at improving transportation infrastructure, safety and community connectivity.

The award from the U.S. Department of Transportation is the largest federal grant that Searcy has ever received.

The Little Red Greenway would extend the existing 5.5-mile Searcy Bike Trail into a 21-mile active transportation trails system, the city said in a news release. The expanded network will connect key areas including Harding University, downtown Searcy, seven schools, nine essential services, medical centers, six parks, major employers and other vital services throughout the city. It will also establish a connection to the neighboring city of Kensett.

The city worked with engineering firm Crafton Tull of Little Rock to submit the application for the grant.

“This grant is a monumental achievement for Searcy,” Mayor Mat Faulkner said in a statement. “It not only allows us to improve our transportation infrastructure but also enhances the quality of life for our residents by providing safe and accessible routes throughout the city. We are grateful for the support and are excited to move forward with this transformative project.”

In addition to the expansion of the bike trail, the project will include a master street plan with updated land use and zoning plans.

Once the project’s planning and design process is complete, Searcy will be able to apply for a capital grant of up to $25 million to implement the project.

“This investment will help connect Searcy with the surrounding area while enhancing recreation opportunities and improving the quality of life,” U.S. Sen. John Boozman said. “I’m pleased the Department of Transportation awarded funding to support this Arkansas project.”

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