By City of Muncie Communications—
Muncie, IN- Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced 241 Indiana cities, towns, and counties received a combined $101 million in state matching funds for local road projects through Community Crossings, a component of the Governor’s Next Level Roads program.
Muncie City Engineer, Brian Stephen-Hotopp stated, “The City of Muncie was awarded $296,401.20 as part of the second round of the 2020 Community Crossings Matching Grant. In addition to the $703,598.80 that was awarded to the City earlier this year, this represents $1,000,000 in matching money from INDOT to support over $2,400,000 in road and transportation work throughout the City of Muncie.”
The award will aid in moving forward with two projects:
- Repair and resurfacing of Centennial Avenue from Elgin Street to Shirey
- Intersection improvements at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Jackson
The Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $830 million in state matching funds for construction projects. In response to revenue uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, INDOT moved this call for projects, originally scheduled for July, to September. The $101 million award is funded by the balance available in the state’s local road and bridge matching grant fund at the end of the 2020 fiscal year as well as revenue collected so far in the 2021 fiscal year.
Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour said, “I am very pleased to be awarded with this INDOT Crossings grant. By utilizing these grant funds and matching them with our own funds, we will be able to make a positive impact in two neighborhoods. This is very good news for Muncie.”
About Muncie Indiana
Incorporated in 1865, the City of Muncie is a welcoming and ambitions community. The municipality has a population of approximately 70,085 residents, and is located in the heart of East-Central Indiana. Muncie prides itself as being a central hub for commerce, recreation, and development. Home to quality education, technology driven development, and a friendly populous. Muncie is proud to be “The Capital of East-Central Indiana.”