Monroe County is set to receive about $304,400 from the state for local road construction projects.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday $150 million of grants for local-level infrastructure statewide. Through the Community Crossings matching grant program, local governments put up half the money for a project and the state matches that amount.
Monroe County requested the maximum of $1 million, but the state did not approve the full amount. The county will use the money for six paving projects.
Paving on Moffat Lane has already been completed, but the money from the state will reimburse the county for the cost of the project.
Four projects will be completed in-house: Church Lane, Kirby Road, Airport Road and McNeely Street. The final project on Old State Road 37 S. from West Rogers Road to Monroe Dam Road will be contracted out.
The matching grant from the state gives the county a total of about $610,000 for the projects.
Monroe County Public Works Director Lisa Ridge says this is only the second year the grants have been available.
“I think after we started doing asset management plans and submitting them to the state, they realized the need for the road repairs that are out there across the state,” Ridge says. “So they set up this program to help the funding.”
Ridge says they hope to complete the projects before the end of the year. If the roads are not completed by then, construction will begin again in the spring.
Last year, Monroe County received just over $887,000 from the state for local road projects.
Ridge says the amount awarded this year is smaller because more counties submitted applications.
“This year, not everybody [who applied] was awarded,” Ridge says. “I believe there was over 2,600 applications, so the state had to prioritize and pick the projects that they wanted.”
Ridge says the county is thrilled to be awarded funding for the six projects. The county should receive its first portion of funding in the fall.