The Indiana Department of Transportation is accepting applications from rural cities, towns and counties for federal transportation funding, said spokesman Will Wingfield. Rural communities may submit any local project eligible for federal highway funds, including bridge, road, safety, trail and Safe Routes to School projects.
INDOT programs 25 percent of its federal highway appropriation each year to fund larger local transportation projects. To receive federal funding, typically communities must pay 20 percent in local matching funds.
Awarded rural projects would be designed, developed and have purchased land according to federal standards prior to bid during the state fiscal year beginning July 2016.
Local public agency employees certified as an “Employee in Responsible Charge” must submit applications electronically using INDOT’s Web site. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and project awards will be announced no later than Jan. 31, 2014. Info: www.in.gov/indot/2390.htm.