Evansville gets $600,000 to start road project
The news came this week, City Administrator Dan Wietecha said, allowing the project to unfold a few years earlier than planned. The project will begin next spring or summer.
"It's something that probably wouldn't have been touched for at least a couple of years, and even when we got to it, it's something that would have been a cost our taxpayers and residents would have picked up," he said.
The stimulus money will pay for 100 percent of construction costs on the 0.8-mile projectóWest Main Street from First Street to Fourth Street, then north on Fourth Street to the city limits, he said.
The city will have to pay about $48,000 in engineering costs and possibly $20,000 to $30,000 to replace manholes in the street, he said.
Property owners also benefited because a significant portion of the curb and gutter likely would have been assessed to them had the federal funds not arrived, he said.
"It's nice to have money come in and help take a project off our plate and address some needed improvements," Wietecha said. "Budgets are tight, so it's nice to have the help."
Wietecha isn't sure how big of a headache the project will create for drivers, but hopes it isn't not too bad. The project starts at the west end of the brick paved street downtown, but runs through residential neighborhoods.
The bridge over Allen Creek on East Main Street also will be rebuilt next year. The project is scheduled to start around April and be completed by July, so the projects might have some overlap, Wietecha said.