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The Journal Gazette

Monday, February 11, 2019 9:24 am

Verbatim: Fogwell Parkway Restoration Awarded $6.5 Million in Federal Funding

The following was released on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019:

(February 11, 2019) — Allen County’s plans to reconstruct and upgrade a one-mile section of the Fogwell Parkway have received a major boost.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has informed county officials that federal funds totaling more than $6.5 million have been awarded for the project. INDOT also said in its letter to the county that funding for other phases of the project will be awarded at a later date.

The total project cost estimate, including engineering, is $8.9 million. The federal aid award covers 80% of the construction and inspection costs. The project is to be bid most likely in late 2023.

The county plans to reconstruct the section of four-lane road from Lafayette Center Road to Winters Road with new pavement underdrains, curb and gutter, and upgrades to guardrail, signage, and drainage as needed.

Fogwell Parkway has been damaged from years of heavy truck traffic, an ineffectual original underdrain system, and adverse weather effects. The highway serves several companies — including the General Motors truck assembly plant — that rely heavily on it in their daily operations. In its application for funding, the county highway department cited its concern that if the pavement deterioration continues, driving on the roadway will become hazardous for drivers — possibly resulting in damage to vehicles and cargo.

“It is great to see that both the state and federal governments through this award are recognizing the economic impact that improving our roads within this corridor is continuing to have in southwest Allen County and the rest of the northeast Indiana region,” said Commissioner Nelson Peters

“The Board of Commissioners and the Highway Department are committed to providing and maintaining a safe, efficient and serviceable roadway system for the residents and businesses of Allen County,” added Bill Hartman, Highway Department director. “The work proposed in our application is consistent with the county's overall strategy toward that end.”