Indiana DOT Issues $155M in Municipal Project Funds

The Indiana Department of Transportation recently awarded $155.6 million in federal transportation funding to 51 cities, towns, and counties in rural portions of state to invest in local road, bridge, and sidewalk projects.

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In this latest round of funding, the Indiana DOT said in a statement that rural communities will be tasked with designing, developing, and purchasing right-of-way for local projects. While the funds awarded now are dedicated to construction, the agency said it will also financially participate in design, engineering, and right-of-way acquisition components.

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The Indiana DOT added that this round of local project funding emphasizes improving local bridge conditions. Nearly $90.3 million worth of those federal funds were allocated to projects that are either rehabilitating or replacing 32 local bridges currently rated in poor condition.

Beyond bridge projects, the agency said this round of federal funding will support pavement resurfacing/reconstruction projects; Transportation Alternative Program projects such as sidewalks, Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA-compliant ramps and trails; and traffic safety projects.

The Indiana DOT pointed out that it earmarks roughly 25 percent of its federal highway funds every year to support local projects.

The agency also noted that Metropolitan Planning Organizations or MPOs distribute those funds to cities, towns, and counties within the state’s larger urbanized areas, while the agency distributes funds outside of those MPO areas. Communities must contribute at least 20 percent in local matching funds and meet other federal requirements to receive federal funding, the Indiana DOT added.

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