County commission hears bridge funding request

A road commission official pleaded his case, once again, with county commissioners in an effort to secure funding.

During the Public Comment portion of Tuesday’s monthly county commission meeting, road commission managing director John Lindsey asked for some financial help on behalf of the Centreville-based agency.

The county last year was granted $11.8 million in funding through the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act. Lindsey said ARPA funds were intended to help counties and their agencies, including road commissions.

Lindsey said the county in 2020 lost $758,000 in projected revenue, as people stopped driving and remained in lockdown mode from COVID-19.

Lindsey provided commissioners a two-page letter detailing the agency’s needs for funding to support various bridge-improvement projects. The list includes short-term and long-term plans targeting bridges on Farrand Road, Prairie Corners Road, Bennett Road, Schweitzer Road and Constantine Road.

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