Bartholomew County seeing fewer road repair dollars

Bartholomew County will see a lot less roadwork getting done, as state funding continues to shrink.

County Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz says that an update about road funding brought bad news for the county.

State funding is down about $800 thousand dollars this year and is expected to be about $1 million dollars less next year.

Kleinhenz said the county will reach out to local legislators and state officials to find out why the road funding is decreasing so dramatically.

Repaving a road costs about $60,000 a mile, Kleinhenz said, which would mean about 13 fewer miles of road work getting done.

After the state instituted a hike in gas taxes in recent years the county saw funding increase to a level that let it start to catch up on road work, Kleinhenz said.