NewsPublic Affairs / April 7, 2020

More Than 200 Indiana Communities Receive Road Funding Grants

More Than 200 Indiana Communities Receive Road Funding GrantsIndiana first awarded the local road funding grants in 2016. Larger counties, cities and towns must match 50 percent of the money the state sends, while smaller communities only have to come up with 25 percent.road funding, infrastructure, Community Crossings, Indiana Department of Transportation2020-04-07T00:00:00-04:00
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More Than 200 Indiana Communities Receive Road Funding Grants

More than 200 Hoosier communities are getting road funding dollars from the state in this year’s “Community Crossings” program.

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More than 200 Hoosier communities are getting road funding dollars from the state in this year’s “Community Crossings” program.

The state announced the awards Tuesday.

Indiana first awarded the local road funding grants in 2016. Larger counties, cities and towns must match 50 percent of the money the state sends, while smaller communities only have to come up with 25 percent.

Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness says the grants – $126 million in total – can be transformative for local communities.

“All of those projects combined will mean 2,085 road segments will be upgraded and 11 bridges will be replaced or rehabbed,” McGuinness says.

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McGuinness says less road traffic – under the “Stay-At-Home” order – also means the state is moving up some major interstate construction projects.

Traffic on state roads has decreased about 40 percent on weekdays and more than 50 percent on weekends since the order took effect.

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