INDOT awards $101M in road-project grants to cities, towns, counties

The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded $101.9 million to more than 218 cities, towns and counties for local road projects, the state agency announced Wednesday.

The funding is part of the Community Crossings grant program, which provides matching state dollars for local road and bridge construction projects. Interstate or state highway projects are not eligible for funding.

The program has provided more than $1 billion in state matching funds for local construction projects in all 92 counties since 2016. Funding comes from the state’s local road and bridge matching grant fund.

“Community Crossings continues to have a transformative effect on communities across Indiana” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a written statement. “The partnership between the state and local governments is empowering Hoosier cities, towns and counties to invest more and take on bigger projects than ever before to modernize their local transportation systems to meet the demand of our growing economy.”

Twenty communities received the highest award of $1 million. In the Indianapolis area, this included Carmel, Fishers, Plainfield and Whitestown.

Other Indianapolis-area awards included:

  • Madison County, $999,780
  • Lebanon, $999,530
  • Noblesville, $704,599
  • Hamilton County, $644,192
  • Pendleton, $615,159
  • Johnson County, $500,867
  • Boone County, $431,655
  • Hancock County, $408,218
  • Shelbyville, $292,769
  • Franklin, $248,140
  • Shelby County, $152,355

Projects that are eligible for funding include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack-filling operations are also eligible for funds. The next call for projects in Community Crossings will open in January 2022.

“Community Crossings is one of the most important tools available to our local partners to support their efforts to improve local roads and bridges,” INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness said in a written statement. “Rebuilding and improving local roads, while also addressing safety needs, promotes growth and enhances the business environment and quality of place across Indiana.”

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