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Stimulus plan projects in Elkhart County

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Here's a breakdown of some of the economic stimulus funds coming in to Elkhart County thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

The city of Elkhart has secured $11.98 million in funding thus far, including $4.2 million for a nearly complete runway rehab project at Elkhart Municipal Airport, $4.1 million to upgrade the city's combined water and sewer system, and $1.12 million for road upgrades. Pending are applications for $70 million to create two crossings over or under the railroad tracks that cross Prairie Avenue and $1.4 million for upgrades to five of Elkhart's seven fire houses.

Elkhart County has secured $6.18 million in funds, including $3 million to abate lingering lead hazards in homes around the county and $2.5 million for a series of road upgrades. Pending are applications for $3.48 million, including $3 million for additional road projects.

Goshen has secured around $6.27 million in funds, including $5 million to upgrade the city's combined water and sewer system.

Pending is a joint application by the cities of Elkhart and Goshen and La Casa of Goshen for $6.9 million to deal with abandoned and crumbling homes.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has allocated $10.1 million in stimulus funding for the addition of a center turn lane on a 1.25-mile stretch of U.S. 33 between Elkhart and Goshen near the Concord Mall. Another

$1.7 million has been earmarked for the ongoing upgrade of Bristol Street between Magnolia Avenue and Cassopolis Street and Cassopolis Street between Bristol and the Indiana Toll Road in Elkhart.

Elkhart Community Schools has secured around $5 million for programs at eight elementary schools with high numbers of low-income students and for efforts to help special education students districtwide.

The ARRA money aims to put people to work by creating funds for government infrastructure projects that might otherwise not get done or be delayed. In the case of Elkhart school district, funds allow purchase of equipment that ostensibly bolsters the firms supplying the goods.