LIMA — The Allen County Engineer’s Office has been approved by the Allen County commissioners to apply for emergency funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission to repair a collapsed culvert on Grubb Road. The culvert collapsed June 15 after heavy rains.
Allen County County Engineer Tim Piper reported to the commissioners Tuesday that a preapplication he submitted last week was approved, but to submit a formal application, he needed a resolution authorizing the application from county commissioners.
Piper estimates the cost of repairing the culvert to be about $55,000.
“We’ll be applying for about 55 percent of the cost, about $30,000,” he said. “That should cover the cost of materials.”
Piper hopes to have the funding approved before the end of the month. Weather permitting, his goal is to have the road reopened by Thanksgiving.
The OPWC sets aside about $3 million a year for emergency repairs, Piper said. Emergency funds were also used to repair a bridge on Thayer Road last year, as well as rebuilding the intersection of Eastown and Allentown Roads after a tanker truck explosion in 2006.
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