INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced at the end of April that 218 cities, towns and counties in Indiana had received a total of $ 100.2 million. dollars in state matching funds for local road projects through community crossings, a component of the governor’s Next Level Roads program.
“Superior transportation infrastructure – from highways to local roads and everything that connects between the two – makes our communities safer and more attractive places to do business and create jobs,” said Holcomb. “Thriving communities, in turn, provide great places for Hoosiers to feel at home and raise families. With that in mind, I am excited to invest and work with local leaders to deliver high priority projects that keep Indiana moving forward.
Since 2016, the Community Crossings initiative has provided more than $ 931 million in state matching funds for local construction projects. This year, the communities submitted funding requests during a very competitive call for projects held in January. The requests were assessed based on needs, current conditions and impacts on security and economic development. Funding for community crossings comes from the state matching grant fund for local roads and bridges.
“Community crossings are a great asset to cities, towns and counties in Indiana as they build and upgrade local roads and bridges,” McGuinness said. “The state funding partnership allows local partners to tackle larger scale projects faster than would otherwise be possible, to maximize their resources to complete more projects and achieve the best possible value.” for Hoosiers. “
To be eligible for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds – 50% for large communities and 25% for small communities – from an approved funding source for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for the maintenance of existing roads and bridges. State law requires that 50% of the available matching funds be allocated to communities in counties of 50,000 or less each year. State lawmakers have identified long-term funding for community crossings under House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and enacted by Holcomb in April 2017.
The list of all the communities receiving matching funds under the winter / spring 2021 call for projects is available on www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings. The next Community Crossings call for projects will open in July 2021.
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