The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that due to high interest in the program the agency is extending the application deadline for the Community Crossings matching grant program to Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. The extension gives Indiana cities, towns, and counties an additional two weeks to submit projects for consideration. The additional time allows for communities to complete asset management plans, which are required as part of the grant application process.
On March 23, 2016, Governor Mike Pence signed HEA1001, which created the local road and bridge matching grant program. The program, titled Community Crossings, provides approximately $150 million in state matching funds for local road bridge projects in 2016.
Projects that are eligible for fun-ding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, roundabouts, 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, towns, and counties awarded grants will receive funding based on a 50/50 match. For example, a county that is awarded a grant for a roundabout project that is estimated to cost $1 million would receive $500,000 in funding from the State with the County providing the other $500,000.
For more information and to apply for a Community Crossings grant, visit in.gov/indot/2390.htm and download the application.
All application materials must be submitted via email to LPA_M-PO@indot.in.gov by Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. Communities selected to receive funding for projects will be notified by INDOT by the end of August 2016.