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INDOT announces schedule for grants

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Monday that the agency will begin accepting applications on Monday, Aug. 6, for matching funds for shovel-ready local construction projects through Community Crossings, the state’s local road and bridge matching grant program.

Since 2016, the State has awarded $300 million in state funds to support local road and bridge projects around the state.

In 2018, Clinton County and three out of its five towns received more than $1.1 million for improvements.

The county Highway Department was awarded $657,400; Kirklin was granted $102,801.75; Mulberry received $235,235.25; and Rossville was allocated $127,919.25.

Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations are also eligible for funds.

Projects submitted to INDOT for funding will be evaluated based on need, traffic volume, local support, the impact on connectivity and mobility within the community, and regional economic significance.

Community Crossings is open to all local government units in the State of Indiana.

Cities and towns with a population of fewer than 10,000 will receive funds using a 75/25 match.

Cities and towns with a population of greater than 10,000 will receive funds using a 50/50 match.

Counties with a population of fewer than 50,000 people will receive funds using a 75/25 match.

Counties with a population of greater than 50,000 people will receive funds using a 50/50 match.

All application materials must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 28, at 5 p.m. ET. Communities receiving funding for projects will be notified by INDOT beginning in November.

For more information on Community Crossings, visit www.in.gov/indot/2390.htm.