Commissioners approve funds for C.R. 15 bike path, highway department projects

Approved requests from Monday’s meeting include funds for a new bike path, equipment and projects for the highway department, and more.

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:13 p.m.

ELKHART — Plans for a new bike path on C.R. 15 are speeding along.

The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners voted Monday, June 2, to approve a $690,000 appropriation to fund the county’s portion of a bike path project on C.R. 15 from C.R. 6 to C.R. 10.

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. If all goes according to plan, completion of the path is slated for the end of the year.

“If it was a federal aid project, it’d take a couple years,” Chris Godlewski, director of Elkhart County Planning and Development, told the commissioners.

The county’s portion of the funds are from the Northeast Corridor Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District fund. The request for final approval will likely go before the Elkhart County Council at its June 14 meeting.

The commissioners also approved several appropriations requests from the Elkhart County Highway Department. They include:

  • $700,000 from the Economic Development Income Tax fund to straighten the curve on C.R. 40 from C.R. 19 to C.R. 21. and to pave C.R. 17 from C.R. 40 to C.R. 142.
  • $930,000 from the Motor Vehicle Highway fund for paving and maintenance and to replace two dump trucks and a pothole patching machine.
  • $365,500 from the Cumulative Bridge fund for bridge inspection services and to replace the bridge on C.R. 46 over Dausman Ditch. About $90,000 of bridge inspection costs are eligible for up to 80 percent federal reimbursement.
  • $250,000 from the Major Bridge fund for future property purchases at C.R. 13 and Mishawaka Road to implement a grade separation.

Other approved items

  • Permission for the Elkhart County Highway Department to advertise bids for asphalt replacement at Dausman Ditch Bridge on C.R 46.
  • Appropriation of $400,000 from the Storm Water fund for the Horn Ditch project in Goshen.
  • Appropriation of $37,000 from Northwest Gateway TIF District fund for a traffic study to determine whether the intersection of Old U.S. 20 and Corwin Road should have traffic signals or a roundabout.

The next commissioners meeting is at 8 a.m. Monday, June 9, at the Elkhart County Goshen Administration Building, 117 N. Second St., Goshen.


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