SW IN communities get part of $120 million in federal funding

Projects will improve roads and bridges, make communities more walkable and bikeable

SW IN communities to get share of $120m federal funding

INDIANA (WFIE) - The Indiana Department of Transportation announced 52 Indiana towns, cities, and counties are getting $120.8 million in federal funding.

It will be used for road, bridge, and sidewalk projects.

In our area, four communities are getting some of those funds:

Vanderburgh County – $864,000

Warrick County – $1,648,000

Mount Vernon - $3,711,908.80

Gibson County – $1,288,000

“Indiana is making unprecedented investments in infrastructure,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “Our partnership with cities, towns, and counties to improve local roads and build new sidewalks is an important element in our bold strategy to enhance connection for all Hoosier regardless of where they live, play, and work.”

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 2025.

Communities must contribute at least 20 percent in local matching funds and meet other federal requirements to receive federal funding.

They were invited to submit project applications to INDOT for potential funding during a call for projects announced in October 2019.

Officials in Mt. Vernon say their money will be used to fix Tile Factory Road just outside of Mt. Vernon Junior High. The total cost of the project is expected to be $5 million, and leaders say they are applying for more grants to make up the $1.3 million difference.

Mt. Vernon Mayor Bill Curtis tells us the grant will make this road safer, which is especially important as buses go through here during school days. The mayor also tells us Tile Factory Road is one of the most heavily traveled roads in the city.

“That road for years has had a ditch, a fairly significant ditch and there’s telephone poles in the ditch and everything else,” Mayor Curtis explains. “It’s not the safest situation.”

That grant will again just cover the construction costs, but the total project is expected to be around $6 million so the city is working with the state to secure more grants to fully fund this project.

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