The City of Ottawa’s recent project to upgrade the West 15th Street corridor with sidewalks and a bicycle lane was recognized by the Topeka-based Kansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association during its annual convention Jan. 18 in Overland Park.

The association presented Ottawa representatives Sara Caylor, city commissioner, and Tom Yahl, planner and codes officer, with a municipal concrete award, in the Class II municipality category, for the city’s use of concrete in the 15th Street project.

The purpose of the project was to enhance public safety and welfare by providing 9,400 feet of sidewalk and bike lanes in the 15th Street corridor, Yahl said in a news release.

“This improvement allows pedestrians and bicyclists to travel in the 15th Street corridor without having to compete physically for space on 15th Street with automobile and truck traffic,” Yahl said.

The project began in fall 2011 and wrapped up in spring 2012. Builder’s Choice Concrete, 745 N. Locust St., Ottawa, supplied the concrete, and Tribal Construction, Grove, Okla., served as contractor on the project.

The overall project cost $390,000, with the Kansas Department of Transportation’s transportation enhancement program providing $294,000, and the City of Ottawa kicking in $96,000 in matching funds, city officials said in late April 2012.

The project provides an important pedestrian connection between the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail, the Main Street corridor and the residential neighborhoods along West 15th Street, Yahl said in an earlier interview.

Ottawa was one of nine municipalities to be honored by the concrete association at its convention.