Cities and towns in Indiana should not delay application preparations for the Community Crossings Matching Grants (CCMG) program, even with the national and state economies on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A second Call for Projects is expected in July. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities in the second round of the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.
Prior to applying for up to a $1 million grant, cities and towns will need to update their Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) and get approval from the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).
The CCMG, established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016, provides funding for infrastructure projects that strengthen local transportation networks and improving Indiana roads and bridges. The state last month awarded $126.5 million.
The City of Rushville was among the first round CCMG winners. It received $713,025 for a culvert replacement project and two additional road improvement projects.
“This is huge for improving our infrastructure needs,” said Mike Pavey, Rushville’s mayor. “The bridge/culvert being replaced had become a public safety concern in a school zone.”
The project also includes sidewalks across the bridge/culvert which will allow trail connectivity. The increased width of the traffic lane will also ease safety for bus transportation.
Since the CCMG’s inception, $738.5 million in state funds have been awarded to support local road and bridge projects. For smaller communities like Rushville, with a population less than 10,000, the local match is only 25 percent.
“The matching grant percent adjustment, made back in 2017, has allowed us to get the most leverage for our limited funds,” Pavey said. “This program has been critical for rural communities to expand new needs and maintaining our road surfaces.”
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