INDIANA — Kosciusko County has been selected to receive $1 million in state-matching funds for local road projects in 2019. In addition to that $1 million, the city of Warsaw will receive $251,416.25 and the town of Winona Lake will receive $359,668.47.
“Indiana’s fully-funded, long-term Next Level Roads plan means cities, towns and counties are improving their roads and bridges at levels unmatched in our state’s history,” Governor Eric Holcomb said “Community Crossings projects are crucial to first mile and last mile solutions that companies need when evaluating Indiana to locate their business or expand to create additional jobs.”
The Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $500 million in state matching funds for construction projects. The latest round garnered 229 applications, making the call for projects highly competitive. In response to local requests to help manage project flow, INDOT now accepts applications in both January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply during the 2019 summer call for projects.
To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. State lawmakers identified long-term funding for Community Crossings as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017.
The list of all communities receiving matching funds in the 2019 winter call for projects is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.