MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Commissioners were asked Tuesday to endorse a Community Development Block Grant application for money to replace up to seven different small bridges around Brown Township. The application would seek $279,300 for the project, which has a total estimated cost of $342,800. The balance of the cost would be in-kind contributions by the county, such as site preparation, demolition of the old structure and approach work.
The application was prepared by County Engineer Jim Henry, who said he could put together a list of bridges needing replacement from any township, but Brown qualifies for the program because the proposal targets critical infrastructure in an area where more than 51 percent of the township’s population falls below the low to moderate income level.
Only a sliver of the southern edge of the township, primarily in the Apple Valley area, does not qualify as an LMI area.
The projects submitted must also target “critical infrastructure,” which are high priority, single-component projects such as roads, bridges and storm sewers.
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