Rushville Awarded $2 Million for Trail and Sign Improvement Projects

The City of Rushville announced today that it was awarded two federal aid grants for improvement projects totaling more than $2 million.

Grant awards for the Morgan Street Corridor Trail improvements and the Citywide Sign replacement project were announced earlier this month by the Federal Highway Administration. The funding is administered by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). The FHWA distributed $120 million dollars of funding in 2020 for Fiscal Year 2025 throughout Indiana. 

Funding supports traffic safety projects, pavement resurfacing/reconstruction projects, and Transportation Alternative Program projects such as sidewalks, ADA ramps, and trails.

Both projects are scheduled for design this year with construction starting in 2025. Fleis & VandenBrink assisted the City with the grant application.

The trail improvements include replacing 1.06 miles of deteriorated sidewalks along the east side of Morgan Street with a new 10-foot wide concrete trail from Third Street to Thirteenth Street and Thirteenth Street from Morgan Street to Park Avenue.

The trail is a major north-south connector for the City’s comprehensive trail program, connecting the Rushville Consolidated Schools campus, the Rushville Public Library, the historical neighborhood district and the historic downtown commercial district. Improvements include ADA compliant ramps throughout the corridor.

The wider sidewalks will provide residents with safer walking and bicycling access.

The City received $1.484 million in federal aid for the trail improvement project, covering 80 percent of the project costs. The City is using local funds for the 20 percent match.

Rushville’s sign project will replace warning and regulatory signs that do not meet reflectivity requirements and posts that do not meet crash safety standards throughout the City. Eliminating non-reflective regulatory and warning signs should reduce accidents at intersections, reduce off-road crashes and prevent potential lawsuits.

The highway safety improvement project will replace approximately 31 miles of 1,200 signs that do not meet the newest retro-reflectivity requirements and 1,000 posts that are not the proper height and not on crash 350 approved posts.

The City received $598,590 in federal aid for the sign improvement project, covering 90 percent of the project costs. The City is using local funds for the 10 percent match.