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home : government : government August 1, 2014


9/25/2013 1:10:00 PM
County won't get Hwy. P project grant

Barron County was not chosen for a $4.8 million grant to pay, in part, for its Hwy. P road construction project. The news means that three frac sand companies that use the road will be responsible for all costs because of signed agreements.
The county put its Hwy. P project on hold last spring until next spring and applied for the grant, thinking there was a good chance of the county being awarded.
"We're in the process of determining how to proceed, meeting with our design engineer and then meeting with the industrial sand companies," said highway commissioner Mark Servi.
The total project cost was $6 million. That was more than what it would cost the county if it didn't have to meet certain federal standards under the grant. The remaining $1.2 million was to be paid proportionately by Superior Silica Sands, EOG Resources and Midwest Frac.
Under the signed agreements, Superior Silica Sands will pay the county $2.3 million to improve Hwy. P from the entrance to the company's mine site on Hwy. P in the Town of Arland, south of Hwy. 8, about 8.5 miles.
EOG will pay the county $1 million to improve Hwy. P from 11 1/2 Avenue in the Town of Arland, north to Hwy. 8, about 1.5 miles.
Midwest Frac will pay the county $1.3 million to improve Hwy. P from 8th Avenue in the Town of Arland, north to Hwy. 8, about 6 miles.
The Surface Transportation Program-Freight grant was available through a new state program that encourages economic development by focusing on projects that improve local freight connections to the state trunk highway network.
Chippewa County was awarded the grant money for the Northwest region.

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