County council OKs funds for C.R. 15 bike path, ditch project and highway plans

The Elkhart County Council approved a $690,000 contribution to the C.R. 15 bike path project. Also approved were funds for the highway department and the Horn Ditch project.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 2:26 p.m.

A new bike path, a two-stage ditch and road improvements are all a step closer to joining the local landscape.

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Elkhart County Council meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, July 12. Meetings are held at 117 N. Second Street, Goshen.

The Elkhart County Council gave the green light to several funding requests at their monthly meeting Saturday, June 14.

They include:

In addition to the funds, the council approved an agreement for the approximately $1.3 million Horn Ditch project between the City of Goshen, Elkhart County, Supreme Corp. and Forest River Inc.

The plan is to convert Horn Ditch, which extends from College Avenue to C.R. 31, into a two-stage ditch that will increase storage capacity.

The county will work on the path with the City of Elkhart, which is planning to do construction in that area this summer on a water main project.

The path is planned for C.R. 15 between C.R. 6 to C.R. 10. If all goes according to plan, the project will be done by the end of the year.

The first appropriation for $700,000 is to straighten out the curve on C.R. 40 between C.R. 19 and C.R. 21. Those funds will also be used to pave C.R. 17 from C.R. 40 to C.R. 142.

The second appropriation for $930,000 is for paving, maintenance and to replace two dump trucks and a pothole patching machine.

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