The Maryville City Council authorized the certification of funds for two projects during a special meeting October 31.

In order to receive funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) through its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), the city council had to certify it would spend the funds required for a local match as well as execute a resolution of support for the projects seeking funding.

The council authorized certification for the Torrance Street Trail Extension Project. The project will connect the existing Safe Routes to School Trail along Torrance Street to the Munn Avenue Trail. The project is aimed at improving connectivity of the trail network. The Maryville budget has allotted $75,000 for the project for its local match.

The second effort that received certification of funds from is the Fourth Street Pedestrian and Connectivity Project. Northwest Missouri State University will be working alongside the city to improve pedestrian access and safety along Fourth Street between North Ray Avenue and North Grand Avenue. Five to six pedestrian crossings will be eliminated with this project. The city will serve as a financial custodian on behalf of Northwest as the university will be providing the local match.