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INDOT awards $1.7 million for local roads

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By DON STEEN

Staff Writer

reporter@spencercountyjournal.com

 

SPENCER COUNTY – Several communities across the county emerged as winners in the latest round of the state’s Community Crossings grant program. In addition to the county government, the City of Rockport and towns of Dale, Chrisney, Gentryville, Grandview, Richland and Santa Claus were all successful in netting funding for at least some of their proposed projects.

Now in its second year, Community Crossings awards local governments with grants from the state’s local road and bridge matching grant fund. To qualify for funding, these entities must provide local matching funds. For larger communities, the required match is 50 percent and smaller communities must contribute 25 percent of the total award. They must also submit detailed asset-management plans to the Indiana Department of Transportation and reserve awarded funds only for approved projects.

Taken together, $1,695,758.77 will be allotted to local governments for projects across the county. Spencer County will receive $670,000 for a wide slate of road projects in its inventory, but it is far from the only local governing body to come away with a six-digit award.

The City of Rockport netted a giant check for $410,380.24, second only to the county itself, for a series of road improvements expected to begin in the spring. Rockport Mayor Gay Ann Harney reported that sections of Sixth, Jefferson, Madison, Ninth, Third and Center streets, as well as Jim Haaff Boulevard would see attention thanks to this infusion of state funds.

Another major project approved by the state includes a section of Fifth Avenue from Vine to Sycamore streets that had not been repaved with federal funds last year. This new grant award should complete upgrades to this roadway, which serves as the primary entryway into Rockport from Indiana 66 and constitutes the most expensive project on the city’s agenda.