Terre Haute will receive about $636,000 from the state to help fund local road construction projects.
The money comes from state matching grant program Community Crossings, which offers about $150 million to cities, towns and counties for road projects.
The maximum grant a city or county can request is $1 million. Terre Haute requested the maximum, but the state did not approve the full amount.
The city will use the money for reconstruction and rehabilitation along 7th Street through the downtown area and further south. Part of the reconstruction has already been completed, and some of the grant money will reimburse the city for those costs.
Assistant City Engineer Larry Robbins says the city has been trying for years to repair 7th Street, which is facing problems due to decomposing railroad ties.
“It’s a project that we’ve been trying to get done for several years, but due to the large cost estimate for the project, it was kind of hard for us to do with our regular budget,” Robbins says.
Robbins says the city will pay its portion of the grant from its Economic Development Income Tax, or EDIT fund. He says that fund already includes a line for paving and roadwork.
Robbins says once the next phase of construction starts, it should take 60 days to complete.