Last Modified: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 1:41 PMVinton officials are hopeful that road improvements are soon on their way.
The town has been apportioned $200,000 in Priority II funding from the state that it plans to use to “grind up and rebuild” most of Loree Street and portions of Eddy and East Streets, Vinton Mayor Kenny Stinson said.
The money is in the state’s capital outlay budget, but must still be approved by the bond commission, which meets in October.
Loree Street will be redone from Horridge Street to Gum Cove Road, Eddy Street from Mill to Nichols Street and East from Mill to Short Street. Stinson said.
Stinson said the total cost of the project is about $330,000 — the rest of the money will come from Vinton’s coffers.
Vinton asked for $250,000, but there were no complaints from Stinson.
“We’re happy to get that,” the mayor said.
Currently, the project is in the planning and engineering stages and “as soon as the state allows us to go out for bids,” Vinton will do so, Stinson said.
State representative Mike Danahay was at Vinton’s June council meeting to announce the funds.
“We feel very confident this project will move forward,” Danahay said.
There had been discussion of using Vinton money to fix the roads, then asking the state to reimburse the town.
Danahay told the council that state facility and planning doesn’t “look very favorably on doing it like that. They like it to move through the process like it normally does. That way they will track it and they will make sure everything is taken care of in the normal manner.”
Work on Fancher Street bridge will begin in three to four weeks, Stinson said.
The bridge was closed last year after it was inspected.
The project to rebuild the bridge will cost $60,000, which will be paid for through Vinton’s street fund, Stinson said.