The Batesville Herald-Tribune
---- — Indiana Department of Transportation officials are awarding $86 million in federal transportation funds to rural cities, towns and counties. The Feb. 4 announcement includes $47 million for road construction, $22 million for bridges and $14 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects. About $10.1 million goes to recipients in southeastern Indiana, according to a news release.
In the Seymour District, INDOT has awarded federal transportation funding to:
• Franklin County: $796,800 for rehabilitation of St. Mary’s Road bridge over Whitewater River and $65,280 for replacement of signage on county roads
• Dearborn County: $960,000 for replacing Bridge 24 on Cold Springs Road
• Decatur County: $774,560 for rehabilitation of County Road 1100 South bridge over Sand Creek
• Bartholomew County: $648,000 for moving the Newbern Bridge at Lincoln Park
• Harrison County: $4.2 million for new road construction of the Lanesville Connector
• City of Greensburg: $269,730 for replacement of street signs
• City of Franklin: $1.2 million for a downtown bicycle-pedestrian facility
• City of Seymour: $648,000 for West 2nd Street construction from Springhill to Vehslage roads.
Awarded rural projects must be designed, developed and have purchased land according to federal standards prior to bid during the state fiscal year beginning July 2016. Applications for those awards were due Dec. 13. In the near future, INDOT plans to issue a call for applications for rural projects that would be bid during the state fiscal year beginning in July 2017.
The state programs 25 percent of its federal highway appropriation each year to fund larger local transportation projects. Metropolitan Planning Organizations distribute federal highway funds to local communities within the state’s larger urbanized areas while INDOT distributes such funds outside MPO areas. To receive federal monies, communities typically pay 20 percent in local matching funds.
More information about INDOT’s Local Public Agency Program is at www.in.gov/indot/2390.htm.