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Downtown Dodge City Streetscape Project to Begin November 7th

Starting Monday, November 7 th , Central Avenue will be closed from Vine Street

to the north side of Gunsmoke Street for reconstruction. Vine Street and Gunsmoke Street will remain open to traffic. This will kick off the first phase of the much-anticipated Downtown Streetscape project. This initial phase is anticipated to take six months.

In addition, the intersection of Spruce St. and Central Ave. as well as Spruce St. in front of the U.S. Post Office will be closed to traffic. During this time, the traveling public should use First Ave. and/or Avenue A depending on their destination. For access to the U.S. Post Office and other businesses in the area, patrons should utilize the parking lot near the former Ford County Health Building ( the driveway is off of Avenue A) or the parking lot north of Wyatt Earp Blvd. adjacent to the Ford County Government Center. Sidewalks will be available on Avenue A and Spruce St. to access businesses in this area. “The Downtown Streetscape project construction has been divided into phases to allow for minimal interruption over the course of the project,” said Matt Cox, Project Manager with Building Solutions, LLC, the Construction Manager for the project. “While construction is in progress, pedestrian walkways and ramps will be provided for ease of access to downtown businesses.” The Downtown Streetscape Project is part of the Dodge City STAR Bonds Project Plan for the Heritage District. Sales Tax Revenue (STAR) Bonds provide Kansas municipalities the opportunity to issue bonds to finance the development of major commercial, entertainment and tourism areas and use the sales tax revenue generated by the development to pay off the bonds. In May 2021, Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announced that Dodge City was one of the 30 transportation construction projects across Kansas to be awarded $2,000,000 in funds from the 2021 Spring KDOT Cost Share grant for the Downtown Streetscape Project. “The project will be made up of seven phases, each with varying lengths of construction. Our main priority during the project is to keep all property/business owners and business patrons informed” said Nick Hernandez, City Manager. “The Downtown Streetscape encompasses Front Street between 3 rd Ave and

Central Ave. and Central Ave. from Wyatt Earp Blvd. to Vine St. This major restoration includes updating all current public and private utilities as well as sidewalks, parking lots, trash enclosures, and the development of new pedestrian attractions along Wyatt Earp Blvd, and the addition of Longhorn Plaza.” Visit https://www.dodgecity.org/1020/Downtown-Streetscape to stay up to date with the project and follow Main Street Dodge City and Building Solutions on Facebook for updates.