Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders confirmed to The Brazil Times the county has received $582,727.10 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for the resurfacing of a 7.2-mile stretch of Bowling Green-Poland Road, between State Roads 46 and 42.
"We are very pleased to have been chosen to receive funding for this project," Sinders said. "The citizens of this county deserve some of the stimulus money for other projects as well."
Sinders added the only financial contribution the county had to provide as part of this project was $5,000 for the engineering study and report, which had to be included in the application process to be considered.
"The county has worked very hard in drawing up the applications for numerous projects in hopes to receive stimulus funding," he said. "The cost of the materials needed for the project were included in the bid."
Dave O'Mara Contractor, Inc., North Vernon, Ind., provided the lowest bid, and was awarded the work, which Sinders said is slated to begin in the next 30-45 days.
"As far as I know, there is no timetable set for when the repaving should be complete," he said. "Like any work of this type, I imagine weather conditions would play a big role into how quickly the project can get done."
Sinders told The Brazil Times the county has no responsibility in overseeing the progress of the projects.
"The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is in charge of inspection throughout the duration and completion of the project," he said.
Sinders added the county still has not received any new information regarding the application they sent in for the resurfacing of a portion of Harmony Road.
"As far as we know, Harmony Road is still in the running to potentially receive stimulus funding, and we should know more about its status by the end of August," Sinders told The Brazil Times. "From what I have seen with other applications from other areas, it could go either direction. However, at the same time, we have not heard back on where our other applications stand when it comes to whether or not they are in the running."
To date, Indiana has been awarded stimulus for 586 projects, which add up to a total of about $418 million. Nationwide, 23,941 projects have been awarded for a total of $76.65 billion of the $787 billion set forth in the ARRA.