DeKalb Awarded Money from State
Article by KPC Media | KPC News | November 9, 2018
Five local government agencies are receiving money for roads in the latest round of state Community Crossing Grants.
DeKalb County was awarded the maximum $1 million. Also receiving grants are Ashley, $249,750; Butler, $197,504; Hamilton $797,792; and Waterloo, $269,106.
Each community must contribute its own money toward road projects in a 75-25 percent match.
“To get the full million is pretty neat, because they haven’t awarded a lot of those,” said DeKalb County Highway Superintendent Ben Parker.
Of 283 grants awarded this week, totaling $100 million, only 19 agencies received million-dollar grands.
“I owe a lot of credit to our commissiones and council for appropriating the matches to make these projects possible,” Parker said.
The money comes through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative, funded by Indiana’s 10-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax increase last year.
Parker said DeKalb County will spend its money for asphalt repaving of two roads:
• C.R. 61 from the Butler limits to S.R. 1 outside Hamilton, 6.8 miles; and
• C.R. 60 from C.R. 327 to 11-A, a stretch of 1.68 miles.
Parker said that stretch of C.R. 60 earned a score of only 2 out of 10 points in a recent study of county road.
Improving C.R. 60 ranks on Parker’s priority list because C.R. 56 — one mile to the north — will be closed for rebuilding in 2021. It carries 4,200 vehicles per day.
“I’m trying to prep a nearby road to carry some of that additional traffic” when C.R. 56 is closed, Parker said. The official detour likely will us S.R. 8, “but not all of your local traffic will take the detour,” he said.
For this year, DeKalb County used $521,077 in Community Crossings Grant money to improve 11.25 miles of roads, led by a double-microsealing on portions of C.R. 327 and C.R. 427.
Ashley will use its money to resurface three streets — South Wabash Avenue, one block of East Webster and Pearl Street — and install a sidewalk from Memorial Park to Sunset Park, said the town’s clerk-treasurer, Karen McEntarfer.
Waterloo will use its grant on three street projects, said Town Manager Tena Woenker. The most extensive will see improvements to the intersection of Wayne and Walnut streets, widening it and adding curbs for better drainage and accessible ramps.
Hamilton will use its grant for several streets, said Town Manager Brent Shull.
The money will pay for improvements to Homestead Drive in the town’s industrial park, and for streets including West Center, East Zion, South Cameron, South Water, Beecher, Lake, Church Street South, Woodard, East Rebecca, East Mill and Hamilton Lake Lane 221-C. Shull said the streets to be repaired include much of the downtown area.
“We worked pretty hard on it,” Shull said about the grant application. “It was a combined effort with the street department and the town clerk to help find funds to do this project.”
Communities applied for the grants in a competitive process, explaining how their proposed projects fit with their transportation plans.