The revitalization of Dodge City's historic downtown is an essential part of the Dodge City STAR Bond project. This project focuses on the streetscape and infrastructure improvements along Front Street from 3rd Avenue to Central Avenue.
Community feedback was provided through an online survey in English and Spanish. The results indicated that the public was interested in showcasing Dodge City's western Heritage and that the awning was of interest. The concepts were revised to reflect a more western appeal with options for awnings based on this information.
After a competitive request for qualifications (RFQ) process, TranSystems and LK Architecture were contracted for the project for the design phase. Design is currently in the final stages and will be complete in summer 2021 to be able to go out to bid for construction services in early fall 2021.
In May 2021, Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announced that Dodge City was one of the 30 transportation construction projects across Kansas to be awarded funds from the 2021 Spring KDOT Cost Share grant. The City of Dodge City will receive $2,000,000 to support the Downtown Streetscape Project to be put towards the project's construction phase.
The streetscape project is currently in the final design stage and will be out to bid this summer. Staff is set to have the project under contract for construction in October to begin the construction phase in January of 2022.
The project's total cost estimate is $10,297,726, with $7,015,000 of funding secured between STAR Bonds revenues, American Recovery Act funds, and the KDOT Cost Share Grant. City staff is working on additional grant applications to dedicate to the project.
Click here to view the most recent design presentation, including the project timeline. Please note that the design is being finalized, and there may be minor changes to the placement of items.