The communities of Maud and McLoud will have improved walking trails thanks to grant projects awarded through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

In Maud, a $308,000 grant for a pedestrian trail and sidewalk, will help promote health and wellness to all students and the community of Maud.

That project totals $385,000, with $77,000 sponsored through a match from the Avedis Foundation. The Maud project will begin on property at Maud Public Schools that connects to the Maud city streets of Broadway and Young and will end on school property to the west of the existing football field.

In McLoud, a grant was awarded to add an additional 3,700 feet of walking trail to the existing Wahpepah Walking Trails Park. It will will include two bridges, park benches, picnic tables and exercise stations.

McLoud's grant is 117,400 of the $146,750 project. There is a contributing match of $29,350.

The additional sidewalks will connect the elementary school with the high school and all the housing additions between the schools, post office, dental office and nursing home and will increase the accessibility to these areas.