Matching Grant For 2 Road Projects

(Greendale, Ind.) - Taking a drive through southeast Indiana will get a little smoother thanks to $3.45 million in road funding being awarded to local governments.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced last week $160 million in Community Crossings matching grants being distributed across Indiana. Many cities and counties in our area will share in a portion of that funding for improving roads and bridges, with 50-50 matching funds required.

The road and bridge matching grant fund was created by Indiana lawmakers and Governor Mike Pence as part of an effort to improve Indiana's road infrastructure.

"Both large and small communities in Southern Indiana demonstrated strong commitments to modernizing their roads and bridges and identified matching funds," said INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson. "INDOT is pleased to award all of these funding requests within the program's limit of $1 million per community."

Checks are being awarded by INDOT officials at city halls and county government buildings across our region throughout the day Thursday, August 18, 2016. Greendale was among the first, receiving $380,695.  

"This city is very fortunate to have people like these who come together and work together to get things done," said Mayor Alan Weiss, thanking City Manager Steve Lampert, Clerk-Treasurer Joey Lynch and Chief Deputy Angie Walters, Jerry Abbott, Redevelopment Chairman, Al Abdon, Redevelopment Director and other city officials for the work put into applying for the state grant.

Greendale will use its funding to pay for two road projects totaling roughly $760,000. Urban Way - located off U.S. 50 at McDonald's - will be extended 700 feet and connect to Minger Way, creating a loop through the Greendale Industrial Park. Work will begin in September.

Also, Oberting Road will be milled and repaved from State Road 1 to U.S. 50 starting in October.

More information about Community Crossings is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings

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