Grant money helps 100 central Indiana communities improve roads

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CARMEL, Ind. - State leaders announced a new grant program Monday that will award $47 million for road projects to more than 100 communities in central Indiana.

The money comes from a matching grant fund called Community Crossings, which state lawmakers created earlier this year through new legislation. Every community that is part of the grant must match the state's funds for a 50/50 split on the projects.

“It’s a great day for Indiana," INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson said. "We’re making it as easy to possible to get the projects done as quickly as possible to actually get those investments made."

Hendrickson was joined by other state and local leaders Monday in Carmel, where the money awarded to central Indiana cities became official.

The cities of Carmel, Westfieild, Noblesville and Fishers are all beneficiaries of the grant.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said an investment like this from the state is especially critical when trying to attract new people and businesses from across the country.

“We don’t have mountains, we don’t have oceans, we don’t always have weather like we do today and so as a result we have to focus more on the city that we build," Brainard said. "And make certain people can get around it quickly, easily ,efficiently  and safely and this money will help us do that.”

Carmel will use the $1 million it got for a new roundabout at the intersection of Rangeline Road and 4th Street near downtown Carmel. The new roundabout will help facilitate traffic in the new Midtown development coming to the area, Brainard said.

Fishers will use the $1 million it received to modernize 116th Street between Eller Road and Interstate 69.

Westfield will spend its $1 million to reconstruct Tomlinson Road between Blackburn Road and 203rd Street as well as other city street improvements.

Noblesville got $489,000 and will spend the money on four projects including improving Mercantile Boulevard.

The Community Crossings program will give more than $160 million to communities statewide and municipalities in northern and southern Indiana will find out if their cities were selected later this week.

To learn more about the Community Crossings grant program or see how much money each community received click here.