Gov. Holcomb, INDOT Announce Next Call For Community Crossings Matching Grants

The City of Lawrenceburg is hoping to use a CC grant to make road repairs on Old State Road 48.

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(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Community Crossing grant program is relaunching this month.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced Wednesday the next call for projects in the Community Crossings grant program will open Friday, September 25.

That is certainly big news for the City of Lawrenceburg, who announced last week a plan to barricade a portion of Old State Road 48 at a slide site between Riviera Drive and Heiner Heights until proper road improvements can be made.

The City hopes to fund an estimated $2.5 to $3 million slip repair project with a Community Crossings grant.

Community Crossings is part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Roads program, a 20-year, fully funded plan to enhance Indiana’s highways and local roads by awarding communities grants for shovel-ready local road construction projects.

Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, 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 the Indiana Department of Transportation 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.

This call for projects, originally slated for July, was postponed to the fall due to revenue uncertainty resulting from COVID-19. Approximately $68 million in state matching funds will be available for local projects.

The state plans to hold the next call in January 2021.

“As the Governor has emphasized throughout the COVID-19 fight, we’re all in this together and that includes the state and local communities partnering to get things done,” Joe McGuinness, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation said. “Moving forward with this call for projects ensures that local officials can keep their commitments to improving roads and bridges in every corner of Indiana.”

Community Crossings is open to all local government units in the State of Indiana.

  • Cities and towns with a population of fewer than 10,000 will receive funds using a 75/25 match.
  • Cities and towns with a population of greater than 10,000 will receive funds using a 50/50 match.
  • Counties with a population of fewer than 50,000 will receive funds using a 75/25 match.
  • Counties with a population of greater than 50,000 will receive funds using a 50/50 match.

Over the last four years, the state has awarded more than $730 million in matching funds to support local road and bridge projects around Indiana. Long-term funding for Community Crossings is part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017.

All application materials must be submitted by Friday, October 23, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET. Communities receiving funding for projects will be notified by INDOT later this fall.

For more information on Community Crossings, visit www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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