Community Crossings funding awarded locally

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

Local communities have been awarded Community Crossings funding for road and bridge projects.

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced this week that Dubois County, Ferdinand, Huntingburg and Jasper were among the 189 Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving funding through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative. A total of $115 million was awarded in this round.

This is a striking difference from last fall’s round of awards, in which no government in Dubois County received a grant. That announcement shocked local officials, as there had always been local awards in each of the previous Community Crossing grant cycles.

This time around, area communities receiving awards included:

• Dubois County: $938,876.31

• Ferdinand: $638,274.44

• Huntingburg: $133,425.59

• Jasper: $216,875.09

• Crawford County: $498,337.50

• Daviess County: $999,999.96

• Martin County: $232,843.45

• Orange County: $975,603.75

• Perry County: $869,939.25

• Tell City: $300,479.05

• Cannelton: 300,479.05

• Pike County: $525,851.32

• Petersburg: $92,931.98

• Spencer County $1,000,000.00

• Dale: $905,425.40

• Grandview: $59,739.75

• Warrick County: $542,514.71

The Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $500 million in state matching funds for construction projects.

The latest round drew 229 applications across the state, including local communities making the same funding requests again.

“Indiana’s fully-funded, long-term Next Level Roads plan means cities, towns, and counties are improving their roads and bridges at levels unmatched in our state’s history,” Holcomb said. “Community Crossings projects are crucial to first mile and last mile solutions that companies need when evaluating Indiana to locate their business or expand to create additional jobs.”

To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent 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 percent 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, which passed the Legislature and was signed into law in 2017.

An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply during the 2019 summer call for projects.

The complete list of communities receiving awards this week can be found at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.




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