INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation is handing out $162 million in federal transportation funding, and some area municipalities are getting a good chunk of it for projects five years from now.
The funds are being given to 50 cities, towns and counties in rural Indiana to invest in local road and bridge improvements and sidewalk projects, according to an INDOT news release.
Local entities receiving funds include: Carroll County, $6.25 million; Tippecanoe County, $5.1 million; White County, $2.6 million; and Logansport, $960,800.
For this latest round of funding, rural communities will design, develop and purchase land for projects to be tendered in the fiscal year beginning in July 2027. While funds awarded now are dedicated to construction, INDOT will also financially participate design, engineering and right-of-way acquisition components of these projects.
INDOT dedicates about 25% of its federal highway funds each year to support local projects, the statement said. Metropolitan planning organizations distribute these funds to cities, towns, and counties in large urbanized areas of the state, while INDOT distributes funds outside of MPO areas. Communities must contribute at least 20% of local matching funds and meet other federal requirements to receive federal funding.
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