TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Three million dollars will be used in Tippecanoe County to improve roads, bridges and drainage systems.
“One of the things that most people don’t know is that we have as many miles of drainage in Tippecanoe County as we have roads,” Tippecanoe County council president Dave Williams said.
Williams and the county council approved $1 million to help improve drainage systems in the county. The money is part of the $3 million Build Tippecanoe reserve funds. The plans include the design and construction of stormwater drainage systems and four retention ponds to be shared by future developers just west of Interstate 65 in Tippecanoe County, near IU Health Arnett Hospital.
“If a developer came in and wanted to build a new building he would be responsible for building a retention pond, so what we’re trying to do is develop some land that the term shovel ready is there,” Williams said.
The improved drainage system will open more than 1,000 acres of land for development.
“In reality, what we’re looking at in terms of economic development is we have space for smaller groups and those smaller groups are probably the ones that we should be looking at down the future, rather than something that’s going to employ 1,000 people at a time,” Williams said.
In order to use the retention ponds, developers will pay a fee to reimburse the county.
“That will go back in to a perpetual fund where we can use for the next project down the road,” the county council president said.
Williams said the project will span for three years and will also help reduce the risk of downstream flooding.
The other $2 million in the Build Tippecanoe funds will be used to resurface more than 20 miles of roadway and reconstruct two bridges in Tippecanoe County.
County officials also approved $1 million to resurface close to 20 miles of county roads. Another $1 million will be used to reconstruct two bridges. Those bridges are both located in Tippecanoe County. One is near the intersection of County Road 800 South and County Road 350 East, and the other near County Road 200 South and East County Line Road.