More money is being allocated to local roads, but how that money will be distributed and in what amounts is still up in the air.
An infrastructure bill lawmakers approved this session funnels hundreds of millions into the state’s roads and bridges.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting a series of meetings across the state for city and county officials to learn about what kind of projects will be eligible for funding and how to apply.
INDOT Grant Administrator Kathy Eaton-McKalip says the agency will give priority to projects that can make a big impact.
“The projects are all scored based upon the need, the quality, whether they are regionally significant and help with economic development,” Eaton-McKalip says.
Applications that focus on the utilitarian development of roads will be considered more over cosmetic projects.
The money approved this session is in addition to INDOT’s existing matching funds program and the agency’s federal aid program. McKalip’s goal is to have every local community see some form of aid.
Applications are due between June 5 and July 14. Preliminary awards for funded projects will be announced at the end of August.
INDOT will host additional meetings throughout the state:
Friday May 19 in Greenfield
Monday May 22 in Crawfordsville
Tuesday May 30 in Fort Wayne
Wednesday May 31 in LaPorte
Thursday June 1 in Seymour