Governor Eric Holcomb (R) and the Indiana Department of Transportation recently announced that 224 Indiana cities, towns, and counties received a combined $107.8 million in state matching funds for local road projects through the Community Crossings initiative, a component of the governor’s Next Level Roads program.
[Above photo by INDOT]
“Continuing to modernize and enhance our transportation infrastructure is critical to the economic success in and around our incredible communities and ultimately Hoosiers’ prosperity itself,” Gov. Holcomb said in a statement.
“Community Crossings makes immediate impacts on improving local roads and bridges across Indiana,” he added. “Those improvements translate to a safe, reliable, robust transportation infrastructure that benefits residents and business in every corner of our state and every place in between.”
INDOT noted that the Community Crossings initiative has provided more than $1 billion in state matching funds for local construction projects since 2016.
Communities submitted applications for funding during a highly competitive call for projects in January, with applications evaluated based on need and current conditions and impacts to safety and economic development.
“Community Crossings improves safety and reliability of local roads as well as enhances connectivity in all 92 Indiana counties,” explained Mike Smith, INDOT’s commissioner.
“[We are] excited to join with our local partners to deliver on these high-priority projects and I look forward to the transformative effect of this work in our communities in the months ahead,” he said.
To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds of 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities and have an asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges.
State law requires awarding 50 percent of the available matching funds to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer, INDOT said – noting that the “next call” for Community Crossing project applications occurs in July.