June 24, 2024

OTTAWA — The Kansas Department of Transportation offered the Ottawa city commissioners a deal they couldn’t refuse Monday. So they didn’t. The city was planning to apply for a road repair grant from KDOT that would have allowed the city to redo K-68 between Poplar and Cottonwood streets. City finance director Scott Bird said the city would have had to come up with $240,000 to match the state money. However, KDOT said if the city joins an even bigger proposal to redo K-68 between I-35 and Poplar, it would cost the city only $70,000. Bird said it didn’t take the commission long to decide.

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