Central Point will receive nearly $1 million in state funding to improve its western entrance near the landmark Grange Co-op grain elevator, it learned this week.

Central Point will receive nearly $1 million in state funding to improve its western entrance near the landmark Grange Co-op grain elevator, it learned this week.

The $928,000 from the state's Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will cover the majority of a $1.1 million upgrade to sidewalks, landscaping and lighting in the area.

Interim Parks and Public Works Director Matt Samitore said the city would not have otherwise been able to move forward with the project.

The area marked for improvement includes all of Highway 99, or Front Street, between Crater High School and the intersection at Pine Street.

In all, the bike and pedestrian committee approved just over $5.3 million in funding to various cities and counties.

The committee received 90 applications this year and approved funding for 11, with funding for the selected projects will be available beginning July 1.

Samitore said the project should be complete in the fall of 2012.

— Buffy Pollock, for the Mail Tribune