Clinton, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Officials in Clinton are looking to address much needed infrastructure improvements from 9th St. and Knowles to 9th St. and Vine.

A $3 million project between the city and the Indiana Department of Transportation will replace a waterline on that stretch and than resurface the road. Sidewalks and curbs in the area will be rebuilt to be in compliance with ADA requirements.

Ninth Street is surrounded by businesses and homes, but Mayor Jack Gilfoy said the city plans to keep the flow of traffic as normal as possible so construction will begin in sections.

Gilfoy adds the problem is underground what residents don’t see.

“I’m afraid if we band aid it up, it” be a waste of our money,” He said.

InDOT is paying for 80% of the project, leaving Clinton with a balance of around $550,000. Robert Alexander, with the Board of Public Works and Safety, said new infrastructure will help the city cut down on water usage and costs in the future.

“Nobody sees what’s underground until the leaks start happening. This project is very needed,” Alexander added.

Surveying of the land has been completed. Gilfoy said the city has been looking at this specific project since 2017 and now a need will finally be filled.

“I’m excited, it’s going to look clean and neat. I think the residents will be happy,” Gilfoy added.

The project should take anywhere from 8-12 months to complete. A bidding process is set for July with construction starting in September after the Little Italy Festival.