More than $5.4 million going to Northwest Florida communities

Money from the state will help with infrastructure projects in rural counties impacted by Hurricane Michael. (Ryan Hennessy / WTVY)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Some communities in our area are getting money from the state to help with infrastructure projects impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis' office announced more than $5.4 million for projects in Calhoun, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington Counties. This money comes from the Rural Infrastructure Fund created in the 2019 legislature session.

“Hurricane Michael left devastating impacts throughout Northwest Florida and communities are still trying to rebuild,” said Governor DeSantis. “I appreciate the Florida Legislature’s quick and creative utilization of the Rural Infrastructure Fund to help Northwest Florida rural communities recover and focus on rebuilding and developing more resilient infrastructure to move their local economies forward.”

Some of the communities in our area getting money are:

-Bonifay: $277,000 to conduct a study that will identify options to reduce or prevent flooding in the downtown area, identify any changes needed to the current drainage system and find the best location to place a drainage pond, should it be necessary; and $446,163 to reconstruct public parking facilities that provide access to the city's downtown commercial district.

-Bristol: $275,000 to conduct a study that includes an environmental assessment and master site plan, property, and building assessments and beautification plans for downtown commercial revitalization corridor.

-Chipley: $276,000 to conduct a feasibility study that will determine the most suitable location and cost associated with developing a new solar plant to improve the city's ability to attract new businesses.

-Marianna: $300,000 to conduct a study of the existing connectivity framework and complete a preliminary design that will improve traffic and pedestrian mobility between its multiple business corridors.

-Jackson County: $180,000 to provide designs, surveying, construction and construction management services for pacing Pooser Road that will create further economic development; $1,856,410.80 to develop a segment of a telecommunications Open Application Network in Marianna and Sneads.

-Liberty County: $290,000 to conduct studies that will assist in determining the necessary infrastructure and best location for an industrial park development to attract businesses to the community.

-Alford: $285,500 to conduct a preliminary engineering report, site layout, nongovernmental analysis, Florida Master Site file review and identify permitting needs to connect to the city of Marianna's wastewater treatment plant for the development of a municipal sanitary sewage service.

-Altha: $90,000 to study the efficiency and environmental impact of the town's water system, as well as explore alternatives for improving the system to potentially attract more commerce.

-Campbellton: $70,000 to complete a redevelopment plan for downtown Campbellton that will invite entrepreneurship and investment opportunities to the area.

-Grand Ridge: $117,000 to assist with the extension of sewer service to a retail development at the I-10 interchange at State Road 69.

-Sneads: $282,000 to conduct a feasibility study for the extension of water and sewer services to the I-10 interchange at County Road 286, which will include a preliminary engineering design, projected costs, operating impacts, environmental analysis and review of the master site file and permitting requirements.

-Washington County: $300,000 to provide preliminary engineering services for sewer and water project sites identified in the county's Strategic Economic Development Plan.

Other cities, towns, and counties receiving money include Chattahoochee ($82,650), Quincy ($297,800), and Gadsden County ($20,000).

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