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Nearly $80 Million Going To Rural Communities For Infrastructure Improvements
Updated October 4, 2016 7:19 AM | Filed under: Transportation
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Monday that nearly $80 million in federal transportation funding is being awarded to 64 cities, towns, and counties in rural portions of Indiana to invest in local road and bridge improvements as well as sidewalk and trail projects.

Combined with local funds, almost $135 million is being invested in infrastructure in communities receiving funds.

Receiving funds locally are:

  • Lawrence County will receive $869,600 to replace Bridge 113. The bridge located on Springville Judah Road over Salt Creek was closed after an accident in July knocked out a pier from under the bridge and caused other substantial damage.
  • Greene County will receive $939,200 to replace Bridge 272. The railroad bridge near Bloomfield on County Road 200 North, north of Bloomfield was closed by bridge inspectors due to structural deficiencies and rotting pilings.
  • The Town of Orleans will receive $53,640 to conduct a sign inventory and replacement project.
  • City of Salem received $1,188,00 for a small communities sidewalk program.
  • City of Seymour will receive $4,000,000 for Phase 1 of the Burkhardt Blvd extension project.
  • City of Linton will receive $495,200 to create a pedestrian/bike path.

"Over the last decade, Indiana has demonstrated a commitment to investing in infrastructure that is nearly unmatched," Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb said. "Modern roads and bridges keep commerce moving at the speed of the 21st-century economy and sidewalks and trails help create the sense of place that sparks vibrant communities which attract businesses and talent to the Hoosier state."

For the first time, INDOT has set aside a portion of the funds awarded, approximately $5 million, to sidewalk improvements in rural communities. The new sidewalk program for smaller communities is part of INDOT's "Common Paths" initiative. Common Paths unifies and implements the agency's transportation programs and policies regarding planning and design, including Complete Streets, bicycles, and pedestrians. Also, INDOT is investing $2.5 million each year improving crosswalks and other sidewalk infrastructure along state highways in both rural and urban communities.

INDOT dedicates approximately 25 percent of its federal highway funds to supporting local projects each year. Metropolitan Planning Organizations distribute those funds to cities, towns, and counties within the state's larger urbanized areas while INDOT distributes funds outside MPO areas. Communities must pay at least 20 percent in local matching funds and meet other federal requirements to receive federal funding.

For this latest round of funding, rural communities will design, develop and purchase land for projects that would be bid during the fiscal year beginning July 2020. While the funds awarded now are dedicated to construction, INDOT will be financially participating in design, engineering, and right of way acquisition components of these projects.

A list of communities receiving funds for bridges:

  • Boone County - Bridge 41 Replacement - $2,108,800
  • Clinton County - Bridge 36 Replacement - $1,311,920
  • Warren County - Bridge 14 Replacement - $440,000
  • Morgan County - Bridge 75 Replacement - $1,170,000
  • Putnam County - Bridge 172 Rehabilitation - $374,400
  • Noble County - Bridge 136 Replacement - $1,703,600
  • Rush County - Bridge 127 Replacement - $1,600,000
  • Wayne County - Bridge 266 Replacement - $1,280,000
  • Jay County - Bridge 103 Rehabilitation - $403,200
  • Hancock County - Bridge18 Replacement - $1,200,000
  • Marshall County - Bridge 73 Replacement - $1,674,400
  • Starke County - Bridge 7 Replacement - $1,080,000
  • Lake County - Bridge 65 Replacement - $1,150,000
  • White County - Bridge 95 Rehabilitation - $ 1,004,000
  • Dearborn County - Bridge 108 Replacement - $2,160,000
  • Jennings County - Bridge 76 Replacement - $2,030,400
  • Decatur County - Bridge 236 Replacement - $1,120,000
  • Franklin County - Bridge Rehabilitation - $892,000
  • Lawrence County - Bridge 113 Replacement - $869,600
  • Warrick County - Bridge 113 Replacement - $920,000
  • Greene County - Bridge 272 Replacement - $939,200
  • Knox County - Bridge 382 Replacement - $1,520,000

Communities receiving funding for road projects:

  • Rockville - S. Market St Reconstruction -$3,986,400
  • Greencastle - Zinc Mill Rd (Percy Julian Dr) Reconstruction - $1,968,800
  • Montgomery County - Country Club Rd Reconstruction - $3,352,000
  • Steuben County - CR 200N Reconstruction - $2,130,000
  • Gas City - 1st St Reconstruction - $1,808,800
  • Decatur - Intersection Improvement - $2,098,125
  • Winona Lake - Intersection Improvement - $953,235
  • Portland - Blaine Pike Rehabilitation - $1,084,000
  • Rushville - Cherry St Road Construction - Phase 2 - $3,800,800
  • Cass County - CR 400S Reconstruction - Phase 4 - $2,425,840
  • City of Plymouth - Hoham Dr Reconstruction - $2,147,409.60
  • Town of DeMotte - E Division St Reconstruction - $1,168,000
  • City of North Vernon - US 50 (Buckeye St) Reconstruction Drainage - $1,745,600
  • City of Aurora Market St Reconstruction - $1,727,200
  • Jennings County - O&M Ave/ Brownstown Rd Rehabilitation - $1,155,200
  • City of Seymour - Burkhardt Blvd Extension Phase 1 -$4,000,000
  • City of Boonville - 3rd St Rehabilitation - $2,176,000
  • Pike County - CR 350N Rehabilitation - $1,600,000
  • City of Vincennes - Main St Reconstruction - $2,192,000

Communities receiving funds for safety projects:


  • Veedersburg - Sign Replacement - $125,100

  • Marion - Sign Replacement - $517,500

  • Nobe County - Baseline Rd/CR 600E Intersection Improvement - $796,500

  • Blackford County - Sign Replacement - $268,200

  • Henry County - Sign Replacement - $495,000

  • Franklin County - St Mary's Rd & Blue Creek Rd Guardrail Installation - $162,288

  • Scott County - Sign Replacement - $201,465

  • City of Sullivan - Sign Replacement - $510,300

  • Spencer County - Sign Inventory & Replacement - $135,450

  • Town of Orleans - Sign Inventory & Replacement - $53,640

Communities receiving funds for sidewalk programs:

  • Otterbein - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $87,200
  • Butler - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $210,800
  • Sweetser - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $258,080
  • Dunkirk - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $67,200
  • Redkey - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $89,600
  • Windfall - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $141,600
  • Portland - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $337,600
  • North Judson - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $163,200
  • City of Greensburg - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $310,784
  • City of Salem - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $1,188,000
  • Town of Holland - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $163,600
  • City of Rockport - Small Communities Sidewalk Program - $583,172

Communities receiving funds for trails/enhancements:

  • City of Petersburg - Main St Pedestrian Facilities and Streetscape - $1,447,372
  • City of Monticello - S Main St Pedestrian /Bike Facilities - $336,383.90
  • City of Batesville - Pedestrian /Bike Facilities - $990,000
  • City of Petersburg - Main St Pedestrian Facilities and Streetscape - $1,447,372
  • City of Linton - Pedestrian/Bike Path - $495,200
  • New Castle - Multi-use Trail - $380,000

Rural communities were invited to submit project applications to INDOT for potential funding during a call for projects announced in March 2016.

Stay Informed

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new. Find links to INDOT's Facebook and Twitter pages at www.in.gov/indot/3074.htm.



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