The City of Crawfordsville has been awarded $2.5 million for improvements and reconstruction of Concord Road.

Mayor Todd Barton made the announcement Tuesday.

The money is Federal Highway Administration funds. The City of Crawfordsville applied for funding under INDOT's most recent call for proposals and was awarded as part of a statewide competitive process.

The project will reconstruct Concord Road from U.S. 231 to the CSX rail crossing located north of Closure Systems International. This will include improvements to the intersection of U.S. 231 and Concord Road. The roadway was initially designed as a rural road used primarily for light traffic and seasonal farming operations. However, it has seen a significant increase in use because of residential and industrial growth in the area. Closure Systems International has located the nation's largest plastic cap manufacturing facility along the roadway and is poised for additional growth. The current roadway is too narrow and has deteriorated from the increased usage.

"It is imperative that the infrastructure be improved to meet the demands of our current industrial base and to position us for future growth in the area as well," Barton said in a press release. "The project will greatly enhance the safety of those who travel through the area and will address drainage and traffic concerns in the nearby residential area."

The road also serves the newly constructed Wellbrooke Healthcare facility and is the secondary entrance to the Crawfordsville Commerce Park.

This announcement follows recent funding announcements from INDOT in which the City of Crawfordsville was awarded $888,000 to complete the missing portion of the Sugar Creek Trail from Schenck Road to Big Four Arch Road and $418,950 to upgrade traffic signals to interact with emergency vehicles and enhance public safety.