Orange barrel season is already upon us, but it is actually just starting to gear up. The Allen County Engineer's Office held a meeting with township trustees to go over the road projects scheduled for this season.
Nearly 40 miles of county, township and village roads will be paved as part pf the Allen County Engineer's Roads Program. 14 miles of that are township roads on the east side of the county that will be funded by a 750 thousand dollar state grant of issue one funds. The rest including this stretch of Cole Street between Diller and Bluelick will be paved with county money.
With the mild winter, funds are available for more paving since they weren't spent on snow removal and salt. But with more and more state cuts looming, County Engineer Tim Piper says they will have to look at alternative funding for projects in the future.
In addition to the paving projects, just over 42 miles of Allen County roads ways are being sealed. All in all over 82 miles of roads will see improvement work done to them with a price tag just under 2 million dollars.