LABELLE, FL. -- Florida Department of Transportation’s Small County Outreach Program announced Thursday the 20 rural areas in Florida receiving transportation improvement funds through the “Rural Areas of Opportunity Program”.
Hendry County was awarded $370,319.00 for road repairs with $295,000 being awarded to the City of Clewiston and $75,319 to the City of LaBelle.
Clewiston’s funding will be utilized for a drainage and street paving project located on W. Pasadena Avenue between W.C. Owen and Circle Drive. The project is in the early stages and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. “This project represents a vital step for the City as we prepare for business expansion in Clewiston through the 27 corridor” says Sean Scheffler, Public Works Director City of Clewiston.
Michael Boyle, Superintendent of Public Works City of LaBelle, said “this appropriation is the culmination of 3 years of advocating for road improvement funds that make it economically feasible for the city to sustain our budget while maintaining our infrastructure.” The funds have been allocated for the overlay of Bryan Ave from Bridge Street to Grant on the east side. The project is expected to be completed by the middle of 2015.
“Maintaining and improving our roadways through Hendry County is vital as we continue to position ourselves for future growth and economic opportunities” says County Administrator Charles Chapman.