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Sedgwick County is supporting an application to the state for federal funding to build a new bike and walking path that would connect Wichita and Derby. The path would be called the Aviation Pathway because of its proximity to Spirit Aerosystems and McConnell Air Force Base.
The Kansas Department of Transportation has set aside funding for bike and walking paths across the state, and KDOT will have to decide how that money will be used. If the Aviation Pathway is approved, federal funds would cover 80 percent of the $1.2 million cost, with Sedgwick County and the city of Derby splitting the rest. Sedgwick County public works director David Spears says the cost to the county would be $127,000, and that would eliminate the need for 2 projects in the county's capital improvement program that would cost over $2 million.
The path would start at MacArthur and Englewood in Wichita, and it would run south along Englewood and Clifton to 47th Street South, then east to Oliver, and south along Oliver to the Buckner path in Derby. The pathway would also serve the Oaklawn and Sunview neighborhoods.
The cities of Wichita and Derby are also expected to give their official support to the project. KDOT will decide whether to include the pathway in its 2013-2014 Transportation Enhancement Program.