U.S. 231 Paving Project in the Plans


US_231.svgJasper (Local Sources) – The City of Jasper, in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the U. S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), announce a plan to upgrade a water line and improve U. S. 231 in the city.  Pending approval of a 50/50 EDA grant and local funding through the Jasper Water Utility the work will take place in 2018 and 2019.  The Jasper Utility Service Board will consider local funding to match the grant at its meeting this evening.

“This has been a collaborative effort”, said Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz. “The 231 water line has been a part of our future plans for several years but we knew that the city’s work needed to be coordinated with INDOT work.  We’ve been in discussions with INDOT since 2015 and they have budgeted for the project.  The city then reached out to EDA officials to determine if our water line project met their guidelines and we were encouraged last week to file an application for the water line upgrade.”

In addition to the Jasper Water Utilities, INDOT and EDA, Seitz thanks the Jasper Street, Engineering and Legal Departments and Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission for the cooperation.

Following tonight’s USB meeting, the Jasper Common Council will consider the resolution for the local funding at their meeting on Wednesday.  The approval process for the EDA grant is expected to take several weeks.  Seitz emphasizes that it will take a significant amount of engineering and coordination between local, state and federal governments in the next couple of years to complete the project.

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