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The Indiana Department of Transportation is preparing to make available $68 million in matching funds as part of the next round of 2020 grants funded by its Community Crossings program.

[Above photo by the Indiana DOT.]

That program part of the state’s Next Level Roads program, which is a 20-year plan established in 2017 to enhance Indiana’s highways and local roads by awarding communities grants for “shovel-ready” local road construction projects.

Photo by the Indiana DOT

The first round of Community Crossings grants issued in April provided a total of $126.5 million in state matching funds to 214 cities, towns, and counties to support a variety of local road projects.

The agency noted that projects eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects, along with material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations for roadway repairs.

“Supporting local communities by investing in transportation infrastructure is vital as we get Indiana back on track in the face of COVID-19,” explained Governor Eric Holcomb (R) in a news release.

Gov. Holcomb

“I’m pleased that we’re advancing the Community Crossings program at this time to partner with cities, towns and counties to deliver on needed projects and provide a boost to local job creators,” he said.

“As the Governor has emphasized throughout the COVID-19 fight, we’re all in this together and that includes the state and local communities partnering to get things done,” added Joe McGuinness, Indiana DOT’s commissioner. “Moving forward with this call for projects ensures that local officials can keep their commitments to improving roads and bridges in every corner of Indiana.”

Over the last four years, the Indiana DOT said it has awarded more than $730 million in matching funds to support local road and bridge projects around the state.

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