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County seeks funding for more bridge upgrades


County officials are set to ask the state for funding to begin the next round of bridge projects.


On Monday, the Shelby County Commissioners heard from Mike Obergfell, vice president of USI Consultants, their advisor on the bridge-improvement program (pictured).


He told the board that three bridge upgrades and repaving on Fairland Road are in the works, and he'll be applying for state funding to help the county cover the cost, starting with Bridge 12.


“We did an estimate on it and currently it's estimated at about $340,000, which, along with Bridge 10, Bridge 133 and County Road 400 North from I-74 to Fairland getting resurfaced, we're about $1.2 million which would mean about $925,000 in Community Crossings money,” Obergfell said.


Bridge 12 is on County Road 700 North just west of London Road spanning Sugar Creek.


Bridge 10 is on County Road 800 North one-half mile west of CR 800 West and crosses Snail Creek.


Bridge 133 is on County Road 600 East three-quarters of a mile north of CR 850 South and spans the Flat Rock River.


Community Crossings is the grant program from INDOT launched in 2013 to help counties improve their roads and bridges.


Shelby County qualifies for an 80-20 match in funding, with the state providing the 80 percent of the project cost and the county covering 20 percent.


In 2017, the county received more than $564,000 in funding through the program, according to INDOT's website.


Applications for the next round of Community Crossings grants will be accepted starting July 1.


In other matters, the County Commissioners approved a tax refund for Brian Mohr totaling $3,480.


The commissioners also approved a request by maintenance supervisor Frank Burch to have Pierce Tree Service trim hedges and trees on county properties at a cost of $3,500, same as last year.


And the commissioners heard from Mike Fahrbach, a sales representative for Constellation Energy, offering the county a way to lock in a fixed price for natural gas.


The commissioners asked county attorney John C. DePrez IV to review the proposal.