With the harvest underway, farmers and construction crews will be doing a dance in the southwestern part of the county to get a road improved and the harvest completed.
Daviess County officials are expected construction crews to move in sometime in October to begin a major improvement project on Sportsman Road from Montgomery to Glendale.
“We’re trying to coordinate the details,” said President of the Daviess County Commissioners Nathan Gabhart. “The good thing about Daviess County is that people work together. We will work to get the farm implements across the road.”
The project will cover more than six miles. The $1.3 million dollar project is being covered in part with a million-dollar grant under the Community Crossings program.
“Nothing is free,” said Gabhart. “We are getting the road repaved, which we were going to have to do on our own dime. It’s going to cost us around $300,000. We will get a completely repaved road with six-foot paved shoulders on each side. Those will be for people out walking, jogging, running, biking, strollering and scootering. It’s for anyone who wants to be active.”
Besides the traffic from farmers trying to finish the harvest, officials say they also expect to be dealing with some other seasonal traffic.
“We know the project will be going in the midst of the fall camping season, so we want to be mindful of that,” said Gabhart. “We just want to keep everyone safe, especially the workers on the project. It should be pretty quick once we get started. It is going to be a tremendous asset once it is done.”