Cosmos Construction Grant 19 Aug 11

A $1.9 million federal transportation grant has been awarded for the reconstruction of state Highway 4 through Cosmos.

The grant was part of a $7.2 million grant allocation for 10 separate Minnesota projects that was announced this week by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The Highway 4 project was one of the big money winners in Minnesota that was part of a nationwide competitive grant process that drew hundreds of applications. It was the only regional highway project that made the cut.

The proposed project includes removing and replacing the road surface of Highway 4 for the length of the Cosmos city limits and narrowing the existing 80-foot width of the highway through town.

As part of the project, the city of Cosmos is proposing to upgrade its water system and other utilities.

While the $1,956,601 federal grant is good news, it falls short of the financial need for the project. The total estimated cost of the project is $4.6 million.

MnDOT’s application to the Federal Highway Administration had sought a $3.2 million grant. MnDOT and the city will have to consider options, like looking for additional revenue or scaling back the project.