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County roads slated for paving

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Sections of northern Montgomery County roads will be repaved next year, including routes used to get around bridge closures.

The projects will be funded through a state program that provides local communities with matching grants for road projects. Montgomery County is being awarded more than $988,500 in the latest round of the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative. 

“If the money wasn’t available, these projects would not be paved,” county engineer Jim Peck said.

The list of projects includes C.R. 100W just outside the Crawfordsville city limits near Christi Hubler Chevrolet to the Interstate 74 bridge, and from C.R. 400N to 700N. The road is used as an unofficial detour for the ongoing U.S. 231 bridge replacement project. 

Crews are not repaving the bridge on the dogleg just north of the interstate because the span will be replaced next year before the road is straightened, Peck said. The county will begin hiring contractors for that job in March, he added.

Next to North Montgomery High School, C.R. 580N will be repaved from C.R. 100W to U.S. 231.

The project also includes C.R. 425E from State Road 47 to State Road 32. That stretch also became an unofficial detour when the State Road 47 bridge was replaced last year. 

“The condition of the road and the added traffic as a result of the detour was two contributing factors to choose this stretch of the road,” Peck said.

Montgomery County last received Community Crossings funding in 2017. The grants cover up to 75% of construction and materials costs.

Statewide, a combined $99.2 million will be awarded in this round to nearly 230 cities, towns and counties, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.  

Linden, New Ross and Hillsboro were among other surrounding communities selected for grants.

Local communities can apply for an additional $100 million in matching road grants in January.

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