The City of Cleburne will begin a vital industrial construction project after securing outside funding to connect a section of Sparks Drive with the Chisholm Trail Parkway.
The United States Economic Development Administration awarded the city $1.4 million for the construction of connecting Sparks Drive from the Chisholm Trail Parkway to the existing roadway in the city’s industrial district.
“This is a major improvement for our industrial partners and will play an important role in the future development and viability of our industrial area,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “Even better, we found a way to secure a large amount of outside funding to benefit our community.”
The Spark Drive Road Project will extend the east section of Sparks Drive from its current location directly west to the Chisholm Trail Parkway.
This grant funding allows the project to proceed with construction. The $1,400,000 will help fund 50% of the project’s estimated $2,800,000 construction costs with the remaining portion coming from the Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) #1. The City has been working to secure funding since September 2020.
“We are pleased to be able to receive this grant from the Economic Development Administration,” Public Works Director Jeremy Hutt said. “It took a lot of work, coordination and support from our Mayor, City Council, County Judge Roger Harmon and our County Commissioners. In particular I would like to thank the members of the TIF #1 Board who worked closely with staff to make this project a reality.”
This road and bridge project was initiated in 2015 when city staff started the design process for the roadway section. City staff is planning for construction to begin in 2022 with an estimated 11-month construction duration.