The Indiana Department of Transportation is issuing $99.2 million in local road project matching funds to 229 Indiana cities, towns, and counties through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative established by Governor Eric Holcomb (R) in mid-2017.
[Above photo by the Indiana DOT.]
This follows the release of $115 million in state-matching funds in late March to 189 Indiana cities, towns, and counties via the same program.
“High-quality local roads and bridges are an important part of our formula for attracting jobs, growing our economy, and building strong communities,” Gov. Holcomb said in a statement.
“Our fully-funded Next Level Roads plan and record-breaking level of construction has gained Indiana national recognition for our approach to infrastructure [while] Community Crossings takes that commitment to the local level all across the state,” he said.
The Indiana DOT said the Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $612 million in state matching funds for construction projects to date and – per local requests to help manage project flow, the agency now accepts applications in both January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community.
“Efficiently and safely moving people and commerce is vital to the quality of life and vitality of our communities,” noted Indiana DOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness in a statement.
“[We are] excited to partner with communities through this matching grant program to make infrastructure investments that contribute to the success of all Hoosier cities, towns, and counties,” he said.
[As an aside, the Indiana DOT also excels at using humor to highlight transportation issues, such as the video below issued last year addressing the need to find “homes” for “abandoned” highway litter.]
To qualify for funding, the agency said local governments must provide local matching fund – 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities – from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an Indiana DOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges.