THURMAN As a deadline loomed this week for municipalities seeking money from the state to restore flood damage to infrastructure, local officials were confident their grant application has a good chance of being approved.
Warren County Planner Wayne LaMothe submitted a $483,780 grant request in early February to replace three highway stream crossings ripped out by last summer’s flooding events with far more durable installations. Plans call for two bridges to be constructed in Thurman and a series of heavy duty box culverts installed under New Vermont Road in Bolton.
The Thurman construction projects involve installing engineered bridges over Patterson Brook, one on Dippikill Road, and the other on River Road.
LaMothe’s submitted the grant application just seven days after the grant availability was announced by the state in February.
This fast action is likely to boost its prospects, as the funding is to be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis, Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood said Tuesday April 10. Preliminary response from state officials has reportedly been positive, she said.
“Wayne and the county Public Works staff put together a strong application in a very short amount of time,” Wood said. “I feel that we’ll get very good consideration in the grant awards.”
The project to construct the River Road bridge features a total budget of $318,300 under the grant application, of which $57,500 would be the local share.
Constructing the Dippikill Road bridge is budgeted for $173,680, calling for a local share of $14,400.
Both of the bridges replace two crossings of Patterson Creek, where two sets of dual eight-foot culverts were washed out and the roadway destroyed in the devastating 2011 flooding events.
In Bolton, the New Vermont Road site calls for installation of a large box culvert carrying the water of Indian Brook under the roadway, replacing a smaller, lighter-weight culvert, LaMothe said.