Over $3 million in federal highway funds have been awarded for the first phase of a project aimed at improving a valuable northeast Allen County corridor.

The Allen County Highway Department was informed of the nearly $3.2 million award for the Ryan Road project in a letter from the Indiana Department of Transportation, which administers the funds.  The award is contingent upon funding availability through appropriations by Congress.

The project proposes reconstruction of approximately one mile of Ryan Road between Dawkins and Harper Roads. This would be the first of two phases of improvements to the corridor, with the second phase encompassing the portion of Ryan Road which becomes Bruick Road between Harper Road and US Highway 24 to the north.

The cost of the entire project is estimated at $5.5 million.  Preliminary engineering and right-of-way acquisition has already been undertaken over the full length from Dawkins Road to US 24.  Construction is slated to begin in 2017. 

The Ryan Road-Bruick Road corridor has become a unique and valuable transportation route, particularly due to the recent relocation of US 24 which bisected many of the county routes and greatly reduced access to the new highway. The corridor provides access to both US 24 to the north and US 30 to the south, and crossings for both US 24 and the Maumee River.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership recently certified a 51-acre site on the corridor as being shovel-ready. The certification improves the Allen County Redevelopment Commission’s competitive position as it actively markets the “Ryan Industrial” property and steers interested parties to the corridor. In 2012, Steel Dynamics, Inc., opened a large steel processing plant at the southern end of the corridor and is now the largest traffic generator on Ryan Road.