City of Bellmead Receives Grant for Road Improvements
BELLMEAD, Texas – The city of Bellmead today announced that they were awarded a $1.9 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to aid in the $2.8 million replacement and expansion of Tirey Road in Bellmead, Texas. The project is anticipated to promote economic development for the region, reduce traffic congestion on adjacent residential roadways and improve stormwater management for the surrounding area.
The project involved other partners including local businesses, the city of Waco, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Waco Industrial Foundation, Heart of Texas Council of Governments and Texas State Technical College.
“Congratulations to the city of Bellmead for securing a significant Economic Development Administration grant. Our Congressional team was pleased to play a role in helping to secure this grant, which will enable additional growth and create opportunity for this great Central Texas community,” said Representative Bill Flores, U.S. House of Representatives, District 17. “I applaud the cooperative efforts from multiple entities, both public and private, which are committed to the economic development of the city of Bellmead, McLennan County and Central Texas.”
The Economic Development Administration (EDA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that leads their federal economic development agenda, was impressed by the community’s collaborative efforts with the county and surrounding communities. This is one of the largest grants awarded to a community in recent history by the EDA.
“The Economic Development Administration (EDA) appreciates the opportunity to be able to partner with the city of Bellmead in expanding economic opportunity through the Tirey Road project,” said Jorge Ayala, regional director with the Economic Development Administration. “This investment is a direct reflection of the impressive local leadership that assembled the needed collaboration and cooperation of a wide range of entities to make this happen. The community is to be commended for its commitment and dedication in making Bellmead a great place to live and do business now and in the future.”
The EDA added that the road expansion will provide increased commerce capacity for existing business such as the new Sherwin Williams facility, L-3 Platform Integration, Sanderson Farms, and other local operations by connecting directly to Highway 84.
“This grant is an outstanding example of relationship building and group collaboration,” said Bo Thomas, city manager for the city of Bellmead. “The city of Bellmead is very appreciative to be the recipient of this grant and humbled by the amount of support from the developed partnerships.”
Construction is scheduled to begin late fall or early winter 2016 with an estimated completion date of nine to 12 months later. The road will be widened from 20 feet to 40 feet, include drainage and safety improvements, and improve the quality to accommodate commercial transportation.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.