The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently announced that the Town of Vevay is one of 283 recipients of grant funds from the 2018-2019 Community Crossings Initiative —and that means some upgrades around the community.
Vevay will receive a total of $112,211 — and this marks the first year the Town has received such funding.
Established in 2016, the Community Crossings grant program has continued to award cities, counties and towns throughout the state money to improve local roads and bridges. The program is funded by revenues from the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.
The Community Crossings grant program requires an approved asset management plan. In addition, towns with a population of less than 10,000 people need to provide a 25-percent funding match. Terry Brindley, Vevay street superintendent, as well as other Vevay town staff members and Town Council members were instrumental in developing this five-year roadway treatment plan. With the assistance of Strand Associates, Inc., a Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) assessment was completed to ensure maintenance is prioritized over the five- year period of the grant.
“We are very excited about the grant because we finally get to pave some streets,” Vevay Clerk Treasurer Donna Knaus said.
The Town of Vevay intends to use the money on five different street improvement projects:
• Main Cross Street (from Pike Street to Market Street)
• Liberty Street (from West Turnpike Street to Pike Street)
• Pike Street (from Cedar Avenue to Union Street)
• Ohio Street (from Seminary to State Road 156)
• Brindley Street (from Ohio Street to York Street)
Each of these improvement projects will involve milling and overlaying the asphalt surface — maintaining the surface of the streets is necessary to avoid complete reconstruction in the future.
In addition to Vevay, the Town of Patriot was awarded $58,196.78 through the grant program.
The estimated start of construction for the projects in Vevay is April of 2019.