By FRANK PHILLIPS
The Pinckley Street project in Brazil has been put on hold. The State of Indiana says it just did not score high enough this year.
"We are sorry that we cannot approve your application, at this time," Carter C. Keith, manager of the Programming Sectrion, Division of Program Development, Indiana Department of Transportation, wrote in a Sept. 5 letter to Mayor Tom Arthur.
The letter says 145 applications exceeded the amount of federal aid available.
Federal aid totaled less than $50 million and there were requests for projects that would total more than $200 million.
Brazil had requested $1 million for the Pinckley Street project to resurface the street and improve curbs and guttering.
The project would have improved the street from State Road 59 east to Edgewood Drive.
When asked the value of the project to the city, Arthur said Forest Park and Forest Park Elementary School set on the street and the street gives access to Eutectic Resources Inc. from S.R. 59. The company has a 50,000-square-foot building available to new or relocating industry, Arthur said.
Arthur and State Rep. Andy Thomas, R-Brazil, plan to ask for the grant again next year.
At one time the project had been ranked No. 2 in INDOT's Crawfordsville District.
Thomas said he and Arthur have met twice in the past month with INDOT's Crawfordsville District Director Alan Plunkett to encourage approval of the project.
"We're trying to bring every dollar we can to Clay County," Thomas said Thursday afternoon.