Area infrastructure projects land $55.5M in federal funding

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization announced Wednesday that it has awarded $55.5 million in federal funding to 28 area infrastructure projects that will go out to bid in the state’s 2024 fiscal year.

Among the projects chosen were roundabouts in Beech Grove, Carmel, Fishers and Indianapolis, the widening of Dan Jones Road in Avon and electric buses for IndyGo.

MPO said it received requests for 69 projects totaling $180 million. The projects fell into at least one of four funding categories: safety, air quality, transportation alternatives, and surface transportation.

The $55.5 million will be combined with $14.2 million in local spending to fund $69.7 million in projects.

IndyGo was the biggest recipient chosen. It will get nearly $6.98 million to fund an $8.7 million electric bus capital project.

Federal law requires each urban area with a population of 50,000 or more to have an MPO to receive federal funds for transit, transportation alternatives and roadway improvements. The Indianapolis MPO encompasses 1,520 square miles and includes eight counties and 31 cities and towns.

Following are the biggest recipients of the latest MPO funding round:

-    Electric buses for IndyGo, $6.98 million

-    Bridge rehabilitation at 16th Street over the White River in Indianapolis, $4.96 million

-    Dan Jones Road widening in Avon, $4.55 million

-    Roadway rehabilitation on Post Road from Washington Street to Interstate 70 in Indianapolis, $2.96 million

-    Olio Road and Southeastern Parkway roundabout in Fishers, $2.95 million

-    Bell Ford Bridge reconstruction in Hamilton County, $2.77 million

-    Bridge 187 (106th Street over Mud Creek) replacement in Hamilton County, $2.72 million

-    Intersection project at 116th Street and Allisonville Road in Fishers, $2.65 million

-    Roundabout at 106th Street and Westfield Boulevard in Carmel, $2.44 million

-    Roundabout at 126th Street and Southeastern Parkway in Fishers, $2.23 million

-    Roundabout at 96th Street and College Avenue in Carmel, $2.12 million

-    Resurfacing of 146th Street from U.S. 31 to Hazel Dell Parkway, $1.9 million

-    Bridge rehabilitation at Pennsylvania Street over Williams Creek in Indianapolis, $1.8 million.

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