Updates to the roads through the Knox Industrial Park are included in the Starke County Highway Department’s five-year infrastructure plan.
Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver told the Knox City Council last week projects include reconstruction of the Division Road/300 East intersection heading west.
Weaver says plans call for the intersection and roadway to both be widened to accommodate truck traffic. He also wants to extend city water and sewer service about one-fourth of a mile down the road to accommodate future development.
Knox Mayor Dennis Estok says the city will try to get grants to offset that cost if funds are available in the federal budget.
Another project in the five-year plan is the widening of the Yellow River Bridge on 300 East to better accommodate trucks. The Starke County Highway Department and Economic Development Foundation also want to reconstruct 300 East from Pacific Avenue north to State Road 8.
Weaver also told the council construction is under way at J.W. Hicks for their Knox expansion, and they need yellow sand to use as filler material.
Additionally he says Kankakee Valley REMC is looking for two acres of land west of Knox outside the city limits to build a substation. Anyone with property that could meet that need can contact the Starke County Economic Development Foundation at 574- 772-5627.