The city’s most recent state-funded paving project has officially gotten under way.
City engineer John Sprague said Monday that — in case they hadn’t already noticed — a crew with E&B Paving is in town and working on curbs and curb ramps at the intersections of several streets slated for repaving as part of a $1.2 million project funded, in part, with a grant from the state’s Community Crossings Matching Grant program.
Vincennes during the last round of grant funding received $560,500; the program has pumped millions of dollars in infrastructure repairs across Knox County over the last four years.
Vincennes’ list of projects this year include two small streets off Kimmell Road, a portion of Bruceville Road, portions of Apple Lane, Mount Vernon Road, Raney Drive and Franklin Drive as well as the biggest package — $400,000 for streets on the city's south side, specifically LaPlante, Prairie, Wheeler and Bayou streets.
Portions of Parkinson, Mentor, Joice and Barnett streets are also included as are sections of Parke Street, Sugarloaf Place, College Drive as well as Hack, Manilla and Rousillion streets.
Sprague said he expects concrete work to continue “for a few more weeks.”
Asphalt, he said, is currently “penciled in” for October.
And he is already working on the city’s next CCMG application — its fifth — and his focus this time is on Forbes Road.
Sprague announced in July that the city would look to CCMG funds to repave Forbes Road in the neighborhood near Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. The project, in a partnership with Vincennes Water Utilities, would also include upgrading storm water drainage there as the street often floods during heavy rains.
The application was submitted earlier this month, Sprague said, and they hope to hear back from the Indiana Department of Transportation in September.
The city has only been denied one CCMG application in recent years, which would have been a reimbursement for a portion of a $3.8 million resurfacing and widening of Main Street from 22nd Street out to Jamestown Apartments.
That project, while not totally done, is now open to traffic during specific times.
Forbes Road is an area that has been plagued by flooding; it was exacerbated in early February when the city saw a record rain event and upset residents pleaded with city officials for help.
The utility hired RQAW, a Carmel-based engineering firm, to begin conducting a feasibility study of Forbes Road as well as three others — Ridgeway Avenue, Margaret Drive and McKinley Avenue — that feed into it and are also prone to flash flooding.
If the city were to take on all four projects, the cost would be well over $1 million; the cost of doing Forbes Road alone is likely to be upwards of $600,000.
So a successful CCMG application would take care of half that cost.
The goal, city officials have said, would be to secure the state grant and do Forbes Road then, in subsequent years, use the revenue from the city’s storm water utility fee — about $600,000 per year — to tackle the other three feeder roads.