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State invests more than $100M for rural infrastructure improvements

Posted at 12:41 AM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 00:41:38-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The state is investing more than $100 million in federal transportation money toward local road and bridge improvements as well as sidewalk and trail projects in rural portions of the state.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said that combined with local funds more than $124.9 million is being invested in the 54 cities, towns, and counties in rural portions of Indiana.

Among the projects being funded are 32 bridge rehabilitation/replacements, 11 resurfacing/reconstruction projects, as well as five traffic safety projects and 6 transportation alternative program projects that include sidewalks, ADA ramps and trails.

"Local transportation improvements are critical to growing and enhancing Indiana's communities," INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness said. "Our sustained commitment to modernizing local roads and bridges, adding sidewalks, and growing our trail networks sends a clear message that we're building cities, towns and counties that are primed to attract and retain talent and spur job growth in the 21st century economy."

For this latest round of funding, rural communities will design, develop and purchase land for projects that will be bid during the fiscal year beginning July 2025.