KNOXVILLE — The Marion County Board of Supervisors approved the Secondary Roads Department Budget as well as the department's five year program during their Monday meeting.

The plan includes a bridge replacement project, as well as a pavement rehabilitation project for the largest corridor in Marion County. This will span from Knoxville to Pella, including Idaho Drive and everything adjacent to Pella.

Marion County Engineer Tyler Christiansen said he has been in contact with both cities on how to improve roads in the areas. With project costs going up, he also discussed the federal money he’s received and how it hasn't changed throughout the years.

“I had some discussions in the last couple of weeks regarding federally-aid funding,” Christiansen said. “Typically, we get an allocation of around $410,000. . . I've been county engineer for almost eight years now, and we've been getting the same allocation.”

Christiansen went on to say they normally don't accomplish much progress with $410,000 per year in terms of improving roads.

“Population with traffic volumes, all of that is not really changing,” he said. “The dollars coming aren't really changing and are likely to go down.”

Additionally, the Board of Supervisors approved a special event application for Cairn Yoga & Wellness. The next Marion County Board of Supervisors meeting will be on April 27.

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