In September, Shawnee City Commissioners learned that the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) had awarded the community a grant which funded the installation of a mini traffic circle — also known as a roundabout — at the intersection of Burns Street and Chapman Avenue.

In September, Shawnee City Commissioners learned that the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) had awarded the community a grant which funded the installation of a mini traffic circle — also known as a roundabout — at the intersection of Burns Street and Chapman Avenue.

Shawnee was selected to receive grant funding in the amount of $9,936 from the AARP through its Community Challenge.

City Manager Justin Erickson said the grant selection process was highly competitive, with more than 1,200 applications for the first-ever challenge.

“Of the 88 winners chosen from across the nation, we were the only ones selected from Oklahoma,” Erickson said.

AARP State Director Sean Voskuhl said AARP was looking to find some community innovation grants and opportunities where people could put such projects into use within a couple months — a stipulation of the award was that it had to be done by Nov. 1.

Having access in little communities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other vehicles, we think the mini circle is a great way to make an impact in Shawnee — and hopefully it’s one of many to come, Voskuhl said.