2016-08-30 / Front Page

Owen County receives full $1M grant to further road resurfacing work or 2016

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Owen County Highway Department Operator Dwight DeFord mans a roller Tuesday morning to smooth out a newly paved stretch of Lanes Road. (Staff Photo) Owen County Highway Department Operator Dwight DeFord mans a roller Tuesday morning to smooth out a newly paved stretch of Lanes Road. (Staff Photo) Owen County’s road resurfacing work will stretch $1 million further in 2016 thanks to a fully funded Community Crossings Match Grant through the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Owen was one of just 22 Indiana counties and municipalities to receive the maximum $1 million grant. Funds will be deposited into the county’s Rainy Day Fund in order to account for it’s use.

The Owen County Board of Commissioners and President Donnie Minnick were able to secure a $1.3 million loan through First National Bank in Cloverdale in order to have the required funds on hand to match the grant. The loan comes with a 2.25 percent interest rate and a $500 commitment fee.

Commissioner Donnie Minnick and Owen County Highway Department workers Mike McCullough, Chance Brewer and Jeff Adkins finished a PHASER scale for each county road in order to submit the county’s request, which includes an approximate daily traffic flow for each stretch of road. Each road has been measured and given a five-year maintenance plan. Minnick, though, has previously noted the amount of work to be completed is beyond what county crews can finish in 2016. The county will contract with E&B Paving of Bloomington to resurface nine roadways for an estimated total of $1,314,632.


A paving crew from the Owen County Highway Department, including assistant superintendent Mike McCullough and laborer Jeff Adkins (pictured above) were busy on Lanes Road Tuesday morning, resurfacing 2,700 feet or .0511 miles of the rural roadway in Franklin Township. (Staff Photo) A paving crew from the Owen County Highway Department, including assistant superintendent Mike McCullough and laborer Jeff Adkins (pictured above) were busy on Lanes Road Tuesday morning, resurfacing 2,700 feet or .0511 miles of the rural roadway in Franklin Township. (Staff Photo) Among the nine roads to be resurfaced by E&B Paving are:

• Beech Church Road, 1.109 miles for $61,503.75.

• Shepard-Patrick Road, 2.631 miles for $183,384.

• Gilmore Road, 3,711.84 feet or .703 miles for $48,996.29.

• Garrard Chapel Road, 15,655.2 feet or 2.965 miles for $206,658.

• South County Line Road, 1.889 miles for $165,784.

• Fiscus Cemetery Road, 1.229 miles for $158,544.

• River Road, 1.167 miles for $115,186.50.

• Wesley Chapel Road, .944 miles for $65,793.02.

• Little Flock Road, .634 miles for $38,697.75.

County highway crews will be tasked to resurface the following six paved roadways for an estimated total of $442,917.42.

• Cunot-Cataract Road, 2.746 miles for $149,011.92.

• Dunn Road, 1.772 miles for $108.060.75.

• Goose Creek Road, 1.162 miles for $70,922.25.

• Braysville Road, 1.108 miles for $67,567.50.

• North County Line Road, .265 miles for $16,170.

• Lanes Road, .511 miles for $31,185.

Highway workers have already began work on Cunot-Cataract and Dunn roads.

Included in 2016 chip and seal repairs are the following five roads at an estimated cost of $174,021.31.

• Millgove Road, .764 miles for $14,133.98.

• Jackson Road/ Hubble Station Road, 3.551 miles for $65,678.33.

• Sutton Road, .511 miles, for $9,457.68.

• White Road, 2.519 miles, for $46,587.83.

• North Jones Road, 2.063 miles, for $38,163.49.

Surrounding communities will also benefit from the grant dollars, as the Town of Cloverdale will receive $948,160, Putnam County will receive $466,085.50, Greencastle will benefit from an additional $655,332 and Clay County will receive $1 million as well.

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