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Ryan-Bruick project gets additional $3.2 million

The Ryan-Bruick Road construction project in Allen County will receive a double dose of federal highway funding.

Indiana Department of Transportation representatives announced Friday that another $3.2 million was awarded to the project to improve the northeast Allen County corridor.

The $9.5 million project has two phases, the first of which proposes reconstruction of one mile of Ryan Road between Dawkins and Harper roads.

The second phase would include the portion of Ryan Road, which becomes Bruick Road, between Harper Road and U.S. 24 to the north.

INDOT this year announced the initial award of $3.2 million in federal funds for the project.

Preliminary engineering and right-of-way acquisition has already been undertaken for the full length of the project, which is expected to begin in 2017.

INDOT views the Ryan Road-Bruick Road corridor as a valuable transportation route, especially in light of the recent relocation of U.S. 24.

Old U.S. 24 bisected many county roads and greatly reduced access to the new highway. The Ryan-Bruick corridor provides access to U.S. 24 to the north and U.S. 30 to the south, and crossings for U.S. 24 and the Maumee River.