More funding means more road projects in the works



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GREENFIELD — Spring and summer roadwork season has begun, and with more cash on hand, local officials say residents can expect plenty of improvements this year.

City, county and state road and street departments are preparing for road preservation, pavement and bridge repair projects that begin this month and will last through the fall. While not all plans are finalized yet, officials say they’re ready for a busy season.

The Hancock County Highway Department, for example, is chip-and-sealing 10 more miles of road surface this year than last year, and it’s also experimenting with a new sealant to preserve roads.

“I’m trying to get a lot of the gravel and stuff done in front of peoples’ houses so it doesn’t get dusty,” said Gary Pool, Hancock County highway engineer. “Chip-and-seal is a pretty good option for the county.”

Local departments can do more this year because of the state Legislature’s decision in 2013 to spend more money on roads. Hancock County is getting roughly $700,000 more in road funding this year; the city of Greenfield saw a boost of nearly $170,000.

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