State Street

State Street

Norton, KS

At the Center of two major Northwest Kansas highways, 36 and 283, sits our town of Norton.  Our main street, State Street, stretches from the Municipal Airport on the North to the Travis Football field on the South and runs though the heart of the historic downtown business district.  There is an abundance of traffic through our town.  According to the 2015 Kansas State Highway traffic study, the statistics reflect a daily north/south traffic average of 1,085 vehicles.  The courthouse, city services, post office, and the active business district are found in this center of town making it a busy hub of activity.  Our active economic development along with civic minded individuals in 2015 looked at a "First Impressions" project that gave us a look at our Norton community in both positive and negative characteristics and from a visitor point of view.  It was from the results of this study that we identified several needs to improve our State Street area.  The first major project consisted of a directional signage project along State Street to guide visitors to points of need and interest, which was completed by Norton Pride and partners in 2017.  Norton Pride and the beautification committee volunteers work tirelessly to maintain flowerpot containers with flowers and seasonal decor that adorn the sidewalk corners. Over 100 volunteers provided 1,474 hrs in 2018 to this project alone.  With recent renovation of several downtown business buildings this historic district is taking shape to meet the needs of our town for the years to come.  This main street contest money would allow us to complete our long range plan to include a digital message board of activities, update lighting and secure benches along the street to foster not only a more welcoming atmosphere but a more functioning one as well.