Jan 052011
 

CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) – The city of Catoosa is hoping to learn soon whether it will receive a $600,000 grant that would help in the restoration of the Blue Whale.

The whale is an icon along the former U.S. Highway 66 and the city wants to buy it, expand the parking lot around it, install decorative signage and build a trail from a nearby grocery store.

The city turned in its final application for the Transportation Enhancement Grant on Thursday. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation accepted the city’s initial grant application this past fall.

Mayor Rita Lamkin tells the Claremore Progress that the time is right for Catoosa to start the Blue Whale preservation project, which she says would cost about $720,000.

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