Midwest Ave. reconstruction grant denied

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper city officials are going back to the drawing board to figure out how to pay for the reconstruction of the final two blocks of Midwest Ave.

Midwest Ave. leading up to the Poplar St. intersection in Casper, Wyo. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.

Casper Mayor Charlie Powell, Ward II, told City Council members at Tuesday’s work session the city’s federal grant application, which would have covered the $2 million dollars it would cost to repave Midwest Ave. between Walnut St. and Poplar St., was denied.

"It's a very expensive project. These rebuilds cost almost a million dollars a block and it's very disappointing that we didn't get this grant because we worked really hard and we think that we had a good proposal,” Powell said.

He said the council members could look at using One Cent monies, but there isn’t much left.

“Those funds are mostly spoken for,” Powell said, “We don’t have a clear path. That’s why we applied for the federal grant.”

He said the city will eventually reconstruct the remaining two blocks. It's looking at asking the State Loan and Investment Board for money.

“It’s probably just going to take longer now,” Powell said.