The Evansville urbanized area, which includes the City of Evansville and the Town of Newburgh, was awarded a total of $6,018,496 in Highway and Bridge Infrastructure funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
The Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) allocated $5 million of these funds to the City of Evansville. $2.6 million was allocated to offset the total cost ($7.6 million) to reconstruct Oak Hill Road from U.S. Highway 41 to Pigeon Creek. This reconstruction project will include re-paving, addition of bike lanes, and drainage improvements. It will connect with the improvements INDOT is planning to make at the intersection of Hwy 41 and the Lloyd Expressway (S.R. 62/66). For more information about this project, please contact:
Pat Keepes, P.E.
321Civic Center Complex
One N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47708
The other $2.4 million was allocated for use on the next phase of the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage, which is Phase 2 of the Industrial Corridor. Phase 2 starts at Franklin Street and follows the Pigeon Creek to Lamasco Park. A bridge will be installed to cross a small waterway off Pigeon Creek into the park. A new trailhead will be constructed in the park with bike racks, restroom facilities and a drinking fountain. The trail will then continue next to the Lamasco Skate Park, under the Delaware/Columbia Street overpass and end under the Maryland Street Bridge.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) opened bids for this project on February 24, 2010; and the contract for $1,730,419 was awarded to Blankenberger Brothers Construction, which is currently working on Phase 5 of the Industrial Corridor. Weather permitting, construction will start by April 2010, and be completed by June 2011. This bid was approx. $400,000 under the estimated amount of $2.4 million. The excess amount budgeted for this project will be applied to the Oak Hill Road reconstruction project. This will free up Surface Transportation Program (STP) and local funds for use on other projects. For more information about this project, please contact:
Evansville Department of Parks and Recreation
100 E. Walnut Street, Lower Level
C. K. Newsome Community Center
Evansville, IN 47713-1999
The Evansville MPO directed $1 million for use on Phase 2 of the Newburgh Rivertown Trail. This project came in approximately $200,000 under budget. These excess funds will also be applied to the Oak Hill Road reconstruction project, further offsetting the amount of STP and local funds necessary to complete the project.
INDOT will oversee formula-driven funds dedicated to transportation projects including highways, bridges and transit capital such as rail and airport projects; and will assume all Federal reporting responsibilities. For more information regarding this funding opportunity in general or Federal reporting, please contact INDOT.