Stimulus money will hlep repave three Huntington County roads

The Huntington County Commissioners approved a measure that secures a nearly $3 million grant to resurface several of the county's roads at their meeting on July 27.

The grant is a slice of the $27.5 billion designated for highway projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, 2009.

The grant will require Huntington County to initially pay for the project, but the Indiana Department of Transportation will reimburse the county 100 percent of the cost, essentially making the upgrades free for Huntington County.

"Because it's an improvement for the county, I'll take it," says Commissioner President Tom Wall.

Roads that will be resurfaced include County Road 900N from Ind.-9 to CR 600E, CR 300W from CR 1200S to CR 300S and CR 800N from 1000W to Ind.-9.

Kenny Minett of Butler, Fairman and Seufert Civil Engineering, of Indianapolis, met with the council to discuss the project, as the company he represents acts as the "middle-man" between the state and the county. He explained that the state will do all of the paperwork for the projects, including seeking out and selecting a contractor.

Minett says that the state will post the job on its Web site, and plans to receive bids until the end of August.

The selected contractor will begin work in early September, with plans to have the work complete by Dec. 1.