After a couple of years of working on piece-meal solutions for the expansion of the Odon-Cannelburg Road county officials are now looking at the prospect of moving it along more quickly. The Daviess County Commissioners will be applying for a $12.3 million federal grant that would provide the money to do the last two segments of work on the road.
“It used to be that the money was broken down into smaller groups and the funding was capped at $3 million,” said Judy Thomann with B.L.A. Engineering. “Now it is going into one big pot, and I think you are an excellent candidate with a good chance to get it.”
Daviess County has been working on a long range safety project along CR 900E. The road is being widened to better accomodate the heavy truck traffic, plus add buggy lanes to separate the traffic. The road runs through the heart of the Amish country in eastern Daviess County and has almost 100 businesses within one mile of it.
“The state is giving us an opportunity to go ahead and get this done,” said President of the Daviess County Commissioners Tony Wichman. “This would be really important for the residents along that road for us to get it done and over with and get out of their way.”
Currently the county has enough funding to expand the Odon-Cannelburg Road up to CR 800N. “If we receive the full funding that would put us in a position to complete the project all the way to CR 1250N at the park at Odon,” said County Highway Superintendent Phil Cornelius.
The county’s application is now being prepared and state officials are expected to make announcements on the funding before the end of the year. “I think it’s a good deal,” said Commissioner Michael Taylor. “What we have heard back from the public hearings is that people want to see this get done.”