Starke County Receives EDA Grant to Improve Access to Starke County Rail Park - Knox

by rgifford Fri, April 27 2012 18:28

Congressman Joe Donnelly has just announced that Starke County will receive a $503,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help improve access to the Starke County Rail Park - Knox, primarily with intersection improvements at State Road 8 and County Road 300 East.

The entire project is estimated to cost $1,006,000, with the County funding $400,000, and the Starke County Economic Development Foundation will fund the balance of $103,000.  The project has been discussed for most of the past 5 years, and with this grant, will now become reality.  Bids could be taken in late 2012 or in January of 2013, with the work completed sometime in 2013.

The ditch at the intersection will be moved slightly to the south, at the request of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.  The intersection can then be widened at that point so that trucks can safely pass.  Preliminary work has already begun with respect to environmental issues.  Upon completion, improved access to the Rail Park is expected to create an additional 100 jobs and leverage $20 million in private investment.

Congressman Donnelly, in making the announcement of the grant said, "Improved access to this area will mean improved access to jobs, services, and centers of trade for both the county and the region."


Work to Begin on US 35 Bridge in Knox

by rgifford Fri, April 27 2012 18:22

A bridge re-decking construction project on U.S. 35 over the Yellow River just north of Knox will begin on Monday, April 30, and will continue for 3-4 months.  During construction, travel will be restricted to one lane at a time, which will be controlled by temporary traffic signals on both sides of the bridge. Those traffic signals will begin operating today, just prior to the beginning of construction.

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"The first thing we have to do is prove we’re credible and then deliver results. We have done that. Give us a task and we’ll get the job done." Charles Weaver, Executive Director

Starke County location and logistics create opportunities:

  • A 90-minute drive to downtown Chicago
  • In the heart of Indiana, the "Crossroads of America"
  • Midway between the east coast and the Rocky Mountains
  • In the NAFTA Super Highway corridor
  • One day’s drive within one-third of the population of the United States
  • Excellent service from class-one and short line railroads

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation delivers on our promises to make your move here easier than you ever thought possible. We have:

  • Built and leased back spec buildings
  • Constructed lead track and rail spurs
  • Installed water tower, water mains, and sewer infrastructure
  • Upgraded highway interchanges
  • Continue to assemble land for development

The Foundation has built a reputation as the LEDO that partners with you to get the job done.

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