FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Allen County’s plans to reconstruct and upgrade a one-mile section of the Fogwell Parkway received a major boost.
The Indiana Department of Transportation 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
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.