CANNELBURG, IND. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana county celebrates landing another multi-million dollar federal grant to improve an unusual and busy roadway.
Daviess County has spent a decade trying to widen the Odon-Cannelburg Road through the Amish Country.
The latest funding will bring the project one step closer to happening.
The Odon Cannelburg Road is a place where buggy's and semi's try to make their way through the Amish Community everyday.
The mix of traffic and the narrow roadway is complicated because more than 100 businesses doing millions of dollars in trade are linked together there.
"This is the lifeblood," said President of the Daviess County Commissioners Tony Wichman. "We call it the life blood of this part of the community, but the Amish community this is their vein of life."
The county has used federal grants in the past to smooth and widen the road and now with a new $2.5-million grant officials are ready to do more.
"We can't talk enough about safety," said Rusty Fowler with the Indiana Department of Transportation. "That's our number one priority and that's at the state level, the federal level and the local level."
Daviess County has been working on this project, one small piece at a time for several years.
The latest section ends at County Road 800 North, but officials say there's 4 more miles they want to fix and the intent is to seek more grant money to do that.
"There's awards every year for these projects and we hope in the next 2 or 3 years to get the rest of that money.," said Wichman.
That would finally open the length of road with room for both trucks and buggies.
"I'm excited," said Glen Graber with Graber Post Buildings. "It's really going to make the road safer and it's going make it a lot easier for those big semi's to come and go. It's just going to be really awesome."
Awesome for those who use the road in both 21st and 19th century modes of transportation.
Daviess County has now received 4 federal highway awards for the project totaling more than $9 million for the road.
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