St. Joseph Valley Metronet will be laying down a fiber-optic network infrastructure from St. Joseph County to Plymouth with the cost being split between Marshall County and the City of Plymouth. St. Joseph County, South Bend, the City of Plymouth and Marshall County are paying for the conduit for the project while other entities are paying for the telecommunications cable.
The project is expected to enhance the connectivity between businesses and residents with broadband capabilities.
Bids for the project are expected to be opened on April 7 with construction to hopefully begin this year. The conduit and cable will be installed along in Plymouth and along the west side of U.S. 31 in Marshall County all the way to Ireland Road in South Bend. Permits from INDOT and a railroad permit are expected to be approved soon.
Last year, the commissioners committed $500,000 as the county’s portion toward the project with the county’s permission.