Road grant to county now exceeds $500K

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners found out Monday how much larger the transportation infrastructure grant the county is eligible to receive from the state will be. The initial amount was to have been $431,000, but the new amount will be $503,797.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen, in announcing the new grant amount, noted that the higher figure represents a 17-percent increase and said that was better than most counties had received.
“There is some paperwork required that Road and Bridge (Department) will have to keep up with as we spend the money,” Burkeen said. “It’s a reimbursement grant, so as we do the projects on our list, we will get reimbursed at 80 percent of the (cost), up to $503,797.
“I did all the grant paperwork,” Burkeen said, “but I want to recommend Ted (Kantor, County Engineer). “He did all the nitty-gritty technical stuff that was required for the grant submission and the spreadsheets, the project list and descriptions and so forth. It all was very successful. Not all the counties had that type of success, so this is a much-needed program for our county, and it’s going to pay off.”

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