That bridge had not previously been on the five-year plan and was not eligible for immediate funding. FEMA rejected a request for assistance, and Sullivan turned to an inter-local agreement with the Absentee Shawnee tribe. The tribe channeled American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money to help with the project.
“We approached the Absentee Shawnee tribe, and they paid the lion’s share for replacing the bridge,” Sullivan said. “That’s an example of how we work with different groups and agencies in the state and federal government to get funding.”
More recent replacements done within this past year qualified for CIRB money because those bridges were on the five-year plan.