BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) — Bloomington is asking the federal government for $5 million to finish Hamilton Rd in the south part of the city.
This endeavor is not new. “It’s been decades,” City Manager Tim Gleason says.
They applied for a Build Grant through the federal government. They’ll learn if they got the money they asked for in November. The project will cost $8 million, but the city can pay $3 million with other funds.
If they get the grant, construction could start in 2021. They are particularly eyeing a stretch between Bunn and Commerce, which he says is incomplete.
“Our roads have gotten to a point of disrepair,” he said. “We hear from the residents. It truly has become a priority of the elected officials and I’m left to find a way and make it happen.”
On top of improving road conditions in the city, Gleason thinks Hamilton Rd could take pressure off Veterans Parkway when it’s done, and it could flourish with businesses of its own.
“We believe there are people waiting on the sidelines for this Hamilton project to be completed and I think that area is ripe for economic development,” he said.