Indiana cities and towns will get a second chance this year to apply for up to $1 million in the Community Crossings Matching Grants (CCMG) program to fund road projects. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities in the second round for the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.
Time is not your friend right now if you aren’t prepared since the Call for Projects is rapidly approaching. Your Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) needs to be updated and approved by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) prior to submitting the application.
The application process requires you to figure out what is the most needed road project and have a detailed cost estimate prepared to fix it. Public hearings are not required for the application, but City Board of Works and Town Councils need time to review and approve the application.
The INDOT funding is earmarked for improvements that spur economic development, create jobs and strengthen transportation networks. A combined $115 million in state matching funds for local roads projects was awarded to 189 cities, towns and counties in the first round. The second Call for Projects opens July 1 and closes on Aug. 2.
“I think it’s a great program,” said Bill Johnson, Council president for the Town of Andrews. “And we hope it continues because it is our goal to continually upgrade our streets and sidewalks with the funding as long as it is available.”
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