RANDOLPH – It was announced recently that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be investing $256 million in 81 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas across 35 states.
The northeast Nebraska community of Randolph was named the recipient of $2,760,000 to widen the Middle Logan Creek channel through town and replace the bridges that are constructed over the channel.
According to a release from the USDA on Wednesday, May 23, this project will help move most of the city out of the flood plain which will rid the city of the cumbersome regulations and allow the city to develop further economically.
The flood plain has limited the city’s ability to attract residents and businesses since flood plain regulations restrict how buildings are constructed and flood insurance for these properties can be expensive. Being in a flood plain also limits assistance from other federal and state economic development programs.
Additional funding is provided in the amount of $8,521,884 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with contributions from the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District, $1,970,156; Cedar County, $120,000 and Pierce County, $75,000.
Contact the USDA Rural Development office at 402-437-5563 for more information or visit www.rd.usda.gov.