Indiana DOT awards over $100M through Community Crossings initiative

Indiana DOT awards over $100M through Community Crossings initiative tbruns Mon, 05/03/2021 - 15:51 The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently announced 218 Indiana cities, towns, and counties received a combined $100.2 million in state matching funds for local road projects through Community Crossings, a component of the Governor’s Next Level Roads program. The Community Crossings initiative has provided more than $931 million in state matching funds for local road construction projects since 2016. Communities submitted applications for funding during a highly competitive call for projects held in January. Applications were evaluated based on need and current conditions and impacts to safety and economic development. Funding for Community Crossings comes from the state’s local road and bridge matching grant fund. “Community Crossings is a major asset to Indiana cities, towns, and counties as they build and modernize local roads and bridges,” INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness said in a statement. “The state’s funding partnership allows local partners to tackle larger scale project more quickly than would otherwise be possible, maximize their resources to complete more projects and achieve the best possible value for Hoosiers.” To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50% for larger communities or 25% for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges. State law requires annually that 50% of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. State lawmakers identified long-term funding for Community Crossings as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017. The list of all communities receiving matching funds in the 2021 winter/spring call for projects is online. ------------ SOURCE: Indiana DOT

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