Transportation Alternatives program spurs multimodal growth
The City of Starkville contracted with Neel-Schaffer to provide design and construction engineering & inspection services for a 1.7-mile, 10-foot wide multiuse path that connects a popular youth sports complex, McKee Park, with three schools and surrounding neighborhoods.
The Lynn Lane path travels east to Loxley Way. Future plans call for the path to be extended and connect pedestrians and cyclists to the campus of Mississippi State University, which is near Loxley.
The project was funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives program, which is administered by the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Local Public Agency program. MDOT provided $1,262,372.
The project was more than 10 years in the making, with a community volunteer program, ‘Starkville in Motion,’ receiving the original $10,000 grant to fund a bike path study.
Saunders Ramsey, PE, who runs the Neel-Schaffer Starkville office, said bringing more multimodal transportation options to a college town is one of many ways Neel-Schaffer can help the community. “It’s not just asphalt and concrete,” Ramsey said. “We’ve impacted people’s lives in a positive way.”