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Federal funding will support road projects

Leftover funding through the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) will be issued to the county for Hart Mountain area road projects, according to Lake County Roadmaster Rick DuMilieu.

Two grant awards in the amount of $290,000 each were awarded for chip sealing work on 9 miles of County Road 3-12, and for an overlay on four miles of Hogback Road, known formally as County Road 3-10, heading to Hart Lake.

DuMilieu said that the funding stemmed from the FLAP program that issued $4 million for a Dog Lake Road construction project slated to commence in 2015.

An additional $5 million was left for statewide road projects designated as preservation efforts, he said, in the 2014/15 year.

A limit was placed on $100,000 to $500,000 on grant funding requests, DuMilieu said, and there is a 10.27 percent county match on the awards.

DuMilieu said the official word of the grant funding award came down on Monday, June 23, and Tuesday, June 24.

DuMilieu along with former Lake County Road Department Roadmaster Nicki Cobian worked with Jeremy Morris of Adkins Engineering in Klamath Falls for their application submission.

Also key in the effort was Association of Oregon Counties County Road Program Mgr. Emily Ackland, DuMilieu said, Hart Mountain Refuge Mgr. John Kasbohm and BLM Field Mgr. Tom Rasmussen with letters of support.

A total of 40 projects were received for funding, totaling $15 million worth of projects, for the $5 million in available funding, he said.

DuMilieu noted that the awards are encouraging in an era of diminishing federal funding availability.  The projects are slated to start later this year, and the expected complete date is summer 2015.

“Basically, we’re really thrilled,” DuMilieu said, noting that a massive construction project on Dog Lake Road will commence in the summer of 2015, as well.  “We’re going to be busy.”

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