The City of Kirkwood’s Public Services and Fire departments were recently awarded multiple grants totaling over $3 million to support ongoing operations and upcoming projects.

The Fire Department was awarded $1,039 from Missouri American Water Company to purchase forcible entry tools to help save lives during emergencies.

The Public Services Forestry Division was awarded a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance grant of $25,000 from the Missouri Department of Conservation to develop an Urban Forest Master Plan for the city. This project will promote environmental conservation and sustainability. A citywide tree inventory for this project began Jan. 5.

The Public Services Engineering Division was also awarded two grants for improvement projects on South Clay Avenue and South Kirkwood Road.

The Surface Transportation Program Grant awarded by East West Gateway will provide new sidewalks, new ADA-compliant curb ramps, drainage improvements and street resurfacing between Woodbine Avenue and Adams Avenue. The project includes intersection improvements at both Jefferson Avenue and Argonne Drive to enhance pedestrian safety. Total project cost is estimated at $1,923,161, with $1,538,528 eligible for reimbursement through the grant.

The grant will also provide new sidewalks, new ADA compliant curb ramps, drainage improvements and street resurfacing between Monroe Avenue and the South Railroad Tracks owned by BNSF. Total project cost is estimated at $1,973,749, with $1,578,999 eligible for reimbursement through the grant.

The construction for both of these projects is scheduled to begin in 2025.